Numerical methods for solving the heat equation via potential theory have been hampered by the high cost of evaluating heat potentials. When M points are used in the discretization of the boundary and N time steps are computed, an amount of work of the order O(N2M2) has traditionally been required. In this paper, we present an algorithm which requires an amount of work of the order O(NM), and we observe speedups of five orders of magnitude for large‐scale problems. Thus, the method makes it possible to solve the heat equation by potential theory in practical situations.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Applied Mathematics