Learning Neural PDE Solvers with Convergence Guarantees

Jun-Ting Hsieh, Shengjia Zhao, Stephan Eismann, Lucia Mirabella, Stefano Ermon

Sep 27, 2018 ICLR 2019 Conference Blind Submission readers: everyone Show Bibtex
  • Abstract: Partial differential equations (PDEs) are widely used across the physical and computational sciences. Decades of research and engineering went into designing fast iterative solution methods. Existing solvers are general purpose, but may be sub-optimal for specific classes of problems. In contrast to existing hand-crafted solutions, we propose an approach to learn a fast iterative solver tailored to a specific domain. We achieve this goal by learning to modify the updates of an existing solver using a deep neural network. Crucially, our approach is proven to preserve strong correctness and convergence guarantees. After training on a single geometry, our model generalizes to a wide variety of geometries and boundary conditions, and achieves 2-3 times speedup compared to state-of-the-art solvers.
  • Keywords: Partial differential equation, deep learning
  • TL;DR: We learn a fast neural solver for PDEs that has convergence guarantees.
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