Questions tagged [c]

C is a general purpose programming language. Originally intended for implementing system software, C and its close relatives are the principle languages used in most modern operating systems. Due to its thin layer of abstraction and low overhead, C allows efficient coding of algorithms and data structures useful for scientific computation. Use this tag for questions involving the C programming language.

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2d Schrodinger Equation via matrix diagonalization in C

I am trying to solve the time-independent Schrodinger equation in two dimensions via discrete matrix diagonalization. I want the energy eigenvalues and the corresponding eigenfunctions for a given ...
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Alternatives to breadth-first-search in 3D grid cluster detection?

I've got a question about a good way to find the quickest algorithm for my problem: problem: I've got a 3D cubical grid containing voxels that are either 1 or 0. It is stored as a flattened array. If ...
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Best way to check if SOR solution has converged for 2d matrix

I have written a SOR algorithm to solve the Laplace equation on a 2d grid. The outside of the grid is fixed at 0 and the central square is fixed at 10. I can obtain the fully converged solution for ...
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GPGPU computing, software selection

I am using an existing GCC C++ x86 Qt application that filters, displays and stores results computed by some C code. Since the computation by now got too complex for CPUs I intend to port the small C ...
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Evaluate Nth root of a rational to a correctly rounded float

Excuse my lack of vocabulary for I have no formal training in this field, which is also why I ask this question - it may be trivial or it may be impossible. I want to evaluate an expression in the ...
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Reducing run time of a numerical calculation using a mex file in Matlab

I wrote a Matlab code that involves doing a numeric calculation (relaxation), but it is quite slow. I learned of the possibility of using a mex file to run a C code and integrate it into Matlab, so I ...
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Solving nonlinear PDE with finite difference based on Newton-Krylov

I am now working on solving MHD equations with finite difference method, which include nonlinear equations: $$ \frac{\partial\rho}{\partial t}+\nabla\cdot\left[\left(\rho_0+\rho\right){v}\right]-\...
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Finding a shortest path in a graph

If each edge of a graph $G$ is unweighted or has equal weights, then the shortest path between two nodes in that graph is the path that contains the fewest number of edges. Such a path can be obtained ...
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C standard for computational science

Which C standard should be used for computational science code ? Should we keep compatibility with C89/90/ANSI or jump to C99 or C11 ? Context: Code will use third-party : BLAS, LAPACK, MKL, ...
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Wrong result of 'ddot' from BLAS

I am having trouble with a C/C++ program that uses the BLAS routine ddot. I am running Linux and so far LAPACK routines worked without any problems. I get a wrong ...
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How good are current implementations of rand() in C?

There is a lot of literature that indicates using rand() for simulations might be harmful. A couple of them are as follows: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/...
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MPI data broadcast or not in C

I have two slightly different but getting the same results MPI code. The first one is from an open-source package having several data exchange steps in between: ...
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Problem with 'dsysv' from LAPACK

I am having trouble with a C program that uses the function dsysv from LAPACK. Everything compiles and works without any errors, my only problem is, that the ...
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Efficient eigen-decomposition of covariance matrix

I am looking for an C/C++/Python algorithm implementation that calculates eigenvalues and eigenvectors of a symmetric, positive semidefinite covariance matrix. A general-purpose eigen-decomposition ...
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Looking for a converter of AMPL/GAMS models into C code

I've done an extensive web search, but could not find an option. Conversion between model formats is available, but conversion of objective function and constraint equations into C code seems absent. ...
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I've developed a derivative-free optimization method, looking for comments

Here is the URL: https://github.com/avaneev/biteopt I've tested it on numerous global optimization benchmarking functions (included), and on real-world hyperparameter optimization problems I have. ...
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Looking for a version of DSDP that is less prone to integer overflows than the original

I am working on a problem that involves semidefinite programming (constrained optimization of fairly large positive definite matrices). The software is written in C++ and calls DSDP 5.8 to solve the ...
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Use of multidimensional FFTW and normalisation factor

I am using the FFTW MPI in C. I have a simple question. Quoting from fftw.org The multi-dimensional transforms of FFTW, in general, compute simply the separable product of the given 1d ...
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Potential gain - Matlab vs C/C++ - assembly and eigenvalues

I have a Matlab code computing the solution to an eigenvalue PDE. It consists of two parts: assembly of the stiffness/rigidity matrices and solving a generalized eigenvalue problem. I mention that the ...
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High precision Discrete Fourier Transform in c

I'm trying to do a high precision discrete fourier transform on a signal. To examine the precision, I use a gaussian function as the signal, because the fourier transform is also a gaussian function. ...
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Using C/C++ for Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) methods

I'm working on optimizing the parameters of a mathematical model to fit experimental data, using an existing formula for the likelihood of observing the data given a set of parameter values. At the ...
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Using GSL for basic operations

I am learning C/C++ for Scientific Computing and I have a question regarding the usage of scientific libraries for basic operations. Suppose I have to write a small program in C for a bioinformatics ...
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How to deal with big numbers in intermediate calculations?

I have a rather long expression (https://pastebin.com/jUsxdCCs) that is an analytical solution of a set of differential equations generated symbolically from Maple. I need to solve a set of equations ...
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lightweight implementation of semiempirical quantum chemistry (e.g. MNDO,AM-1,PM3)

I'm searching for semi-empirical quantum chemistry solver which would be easy to integrate into my own software. I found a few implementations which can be in principle used e.g. MOPAC, ORCA, SQM some ...
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minimalistic library for classical molecular mechanics force-field in C/C++/Python

I would like some classical molecular mechanics forcefield library or super-simple program which does not have any external dependences, so that I can plug it into my software without worry of "...
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Simple open-source Quantum chemistry or DFT code in C/C++

I know lot of density functional packages in fortran, including one which we are developing in our group (Fireball-DFT) but I don't like fortran very much and I would like something which is easier ...
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How to deal with very low numerical values in C?

I have to work with values such as 1e-15 in my code but I can't. Indeed, because of low precision these values are equivalent to 0. Any ideas?
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Decrease execution time using openMP

I have this method which computes the Fibonacci function: ...
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Problem in analyzing the program of Gauss Jordan Inverse problem

I had to code a program which calculates Inverse of a matrix by Gauss-Jordan Inverse method , I was trying to analyse the program and then code it myself. the link http://hullooo.blogspot.in/2011/...
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Is MATLAB feasible for app deployment versus lower level languages [duplicate]

MATLAB/Octave is a pretty useful language for prototyping scientific computation use cases, however I would like to know if the sheer nature of being a high level language bottlenecks how fast the ...
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Jacobi iteration for finite difference: when to stop?

I implemented a finite difference scheme to solve Poisson's equation in a 2D grid in C. I solve the system by using Jacobi iteration. Everything works fine until I use a while loop to check whether it ...
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MPI in C, all processor run outside of the MPI envir created

I am new to MPI and am trying to figure out the subtleties in it, and for that reason I am just playing around with an easy example. The question I have is that when I run the code below with 2 ...
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Numerical evaluation of the Exponential Integral Ei by rational Chebyshev approximations fails

I am trying to evaluate the Exponential Integral $Ei(x)=-\int^{\infty}_{-x}\frac{e^{-t}}{t}dt$ for $x>0$ (interpreted as the Cauchy principal value) by using rational Chebyshev approximations, ...
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fast adaptive quadrature on equispaced 2-D grid

I need to numerically evaluate 2-D integrals of the form: $$ \mathcal{I}(\theta) = \int_{0}^{1} \int_0^1 \varphi_\theta(x,y) dx dy $$ where $\varphi_\theta$ is a family of smooth functions indexed by ...
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CHOLMOD implementation

I am working on a domain decomposition code in C that uses CHOLMOD to approximate grid values for a PDE in each sub-domain. The issue I have is that the methods use Matrix Market format, which is not ...
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Linear solve using CHLOMOD in C

I am using the open-source CHLOMOD (as here http://faculty.cse.tamu.edu/davis/suitesparse.html) in order to solve a linear system Ax=b (performing A/b=x) in my domain decomposition code but I am ...
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Open Source Linear Algebra Library

I am making a code in C that requires the equivalent of Matlab's '\' command for a linear system of the form AX=B where A is an NxN matrix and X, B are Nx1 vectors- i.e a code that performs X=A\B that ...
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Array initialization in C

In this bit of code, the X and Y arrays should be identical but for some reason, that I CANNOT figure out for the life of me, X[0] is always 1 rather than 0. I have tried initializing the whole array ...
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Error in MD simulation with Lennard-Jones potential in C, resulting in a lack of conservation of energy

I'm working on a MD simulation using the Lennard-Jones potential and the Velocity Verlet algorithm. The code compiles and runs, but the energy for each time step is not conserved; it decreases ...
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Implementing velocity verlet for harmonic oscillator in C gives error wrt conservation of energy

I'm attempting to implement velocity Verlet with a harmonic oscillator in C, but I have some errors: Energy is not being conserved Energy oscillates much more than I would expect I believe the error ...
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What PRNG function is this?

This is a 16-bit PRNG function, transcribed from assembly to C for easier reading: ...
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PETSc - difference between PetscNew and PetscMalloc

I wonder what is the difference between both functions. In C++, the difference between new and malloc is easier: new allocates memory by calling the constructor. What about PETSc ? In the example, ...
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PETCs - How should one initialize PetscRandom?

The documentation of PETSc shows an example of usage: ...
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Implementing std::nextafter: Should denormals-are-zero mode affect it? If so, how?

This might be the wrong stackexchange site for this question. math.SE, cs.SE, programmers.SE, and of course stackoverflow are all possibilities. I'm hoping to reach an audience that might actually ...
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Indexing Nested Loops in C [closed]

I am having trouble indexing correctly the below statement in C inside a function and then returning it as a pointer. The returning part should not be confusing - hopefully - however the indexing is a ...
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Programming language for HPC [closed]

I'm planning on building a program that will carry out HPC. I'm aware that C/C++ is significantly better than Python in terms of the speed of computation. However, I'm not yet proficient in C/C++, so ...
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Maintain Uniform Distribution across Subranges

Note: this is a continuation of Generate Random Number outside Bounds. I have a function (thanks to the previous question) with the following prototype which returns an integer in the range $[0,b]$, $...
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What do C, C++ and Java have that Fortran 2003 don't? [closed]

As you may know, Fortran is widely and longly (?) used in science. I've heard a lot of people saying that we natural scientists should all migrate to C++ or Java. I've seen people increasingly ...
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Library with polylogarithm function [duplicate]

I am looking for a reliable library where I can find polylogarithm function and newton/secant method for solving non-linear equations. Basically I have something like this: ...