Proposals:Sparse Linear Solvers

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The Problem

ITK requires functionalities for solving large sparse linear systems.

The current solution obtained though VXL must be replaced because it relies internally on code whose Copyright is held by ACM, and is subject to a license that precludes commercial use.

Some interesting threads from the mailing lists about this issue:

Previous Review

Tom Vercauteren previously gathered the following list of options.

ITK_Release_4.0#3rd_Party_Libraries


Options

Comparative Table

Name License Size Support Sparse Support Dense Language Coverage Valgrind CMakeified Dashboard
SuiteSparse LGPL / GPL Yes C/C++ (with Fortran and Matlab interfaces) Unknown Unknown
TAUCS google code page MIT Yes C Unknown Unknown
SuperLU BSD Yes C Unknown Unknown
Eigen LGPL v3 (headers only) 3.8 Mb Yes Yes C++ Unknown Unknown Yes Yes
Boost uBLAS + Numeric Bindings or user contributions Boost License but need to check binded libs Yes Yes C++ Unknown Unknown Under development Yes for uBLAS
ARPACK++ BSD Templates Yes C++ Unknown No
ARPACK New BSD 1.5 Mb Yes FORTRAN Unknown No
MUMPS Public Domain 11 Mb Yes FORTRAN 90 Unknown Unknown
lapack BSD 86 Mb No Yes Fortran  ?? Unknown Yes ??
clapack BSD 22 Mb No Yes C 80% Unknown Yes Yes
PLASMA BSD 13 Mb No Yes C + FORTRAN Yes
OpenNL  ?, BSD 2.8 Mb Yes C, C++, CUDA Unknown Unknown Yes
LSQR CPL (& BSD?) Yes No C, Fortran Yes (already in ITK) Part of ITK dashboard
OpenNL BSD 5.0Mb Yes  ?? C 0% (no tests) Unknown (no tests) Yes

SuiteSparse

TAUCS

SuperLU

Eigen

MUMPS

Boost uBLAS + Numeric Bindings

ARPACK++

ARPACK

lapack

clapack

PLASMA

OpenNL

LSQR