## Section: Scientific Foundations

### Structure-preserving numerical schemes for solving ordinary differential equations

Participants : François Castella, Philippe Chartier, Erwan Faou, Gilles Vilmart.

In many physical situations, the time-evolution of certain quantities may be written as a Cauchy problem for a differential equation of the form

For a given y_{0} , the solution y(t) at time t is denoted .
For fixed t , becomes a function of y_{0} called the *flow* of (1 ). From this point of view, a numerical scheme with step size h for solving (1 ) may be regarded as an approximation _{h} of . One of the main
questions of *geometric integration* is whether *intrinsic* properties of
may be passed on to _{h} .

This question can be more specifically addressed in the following situations:

#### Reversible ODEs

The system (1 ) is said to be -reversible if there exists an involutive linear map such that

It is then natural to require that _{h} satisfies the same relation. If this is
so, _{h} is said to be *symmetric* . Symmetric methods
for reversible systems of ODEs are just as much important as *symplectic*
methods for Hamiltonian systems and offer an interesting alternative
to symplectic methods.

#### ODEs with an invariant manifold

The system (1 ) is said to have an invariant manifold g whenever

is kept *globally* invariant by . In terms of derivatives and for sufficiently
differentiable functions f and g , this means that

As an example, we mention Lie-group equations, for which the manifold has an additional group structure. This could possibly be exploited for the space-discretisation. Numerical methods amenable to this sort of problems have been reviewed in a recent paper [43] and divided into two classes, according to whether they use g explicitly or through a projection step. In both cases, the numerical solution is forced to live on the manifold at the expense of some Newton's iterations.

#### Hamiltonian systems

Hamiltonian problems are ordinary differential equations of the form:

with some prescribed initial values (p(0), q(0)) = (p_{0}, q_{0}) and
for some scalar function H , called the Hamiltonian. In this
situation, H is an invariant of the problem. The evolution
equation (4 ) can thus be regarded as a differential
equation on the manifold

Besides the Hamiltonian function, there might exist other invariants for
such systems: when there exist d invariants in involution, the system (4 ) is said to be *integrable* . Consider now the parallelogram P originating from the point and spanned by the two vectors
and , and let (, ) be the sum of the *oriented* areas of the projections over the planes (p_{i}, q_{i}) of P ,

where J is the *canonical symplectic* matrix

A continuously differentiable map g from to itself is called symplectic if it preserves , i.e. if

A fundamental property of Hamiltonian systems is that their exact flow is symplectic.
Integrable Hamiltonian systems behave in a very remarkable way: as a matter of fact, their invariants persist under small perturbations, as shown in the celebrated theory of Kolmogorov, Arnold and Moser. This behavior motivates the introduction of *symplectic* numerical flows that share most of the properties of the exact flow. For practical simulations
of Hamiltonian systems, symplectic methods possess an important advantage: the error-growth as a function of time is indeed linear, whereas it would typically be quadratic for non-symplectic methods.

#### Differential-algebraic equations

Whenever the number of differential equations is insufficient to determine the solution of the system, it may become necessary to solve the differential part and the constraint part altogether. Systems of this sort are called differential-algebraic systems. They can be classified according to their index, yet for the purpose of this expository section, it is enough to present the so-called index-2 systems

where initial values (y(0), z(0)) = (y_{0}, z_{0}) are given and assumed
to be consistent with the constraint manifold. By constraint
manifold, we imply the intersection of the manifold

and of the so-called hidden manifold

This manifold is the manifold on which the exact solution (y(t), z(t)) of (5 ) lives.

There exists a whole set of schemes which provide a numerical approximation lying on . Furthermore, this solution can be projected on the manifold by standard projection techniques. However, it it worth mentioning that a projection destroys the symmetry of the underlying scheme, so that the construction of a symmetric numerical scheme preserving requires a more sophisticated approach.