# How to produce the ILU0 or ILUT as stand-alone procedures on sparse matrices?

Mathematica uses the ILU0 procedures automatically to precondition large sparse linear systems; e.g.

LinearSolve[mat, rhs,
Method -> {Krylov, Preconditioner -> ILU0}]; // Timing


I wish to have the incomplete factorization of the large sparse matrix A in a standalone procedure.

I would be grateful if someone could give some tips or written code to provide the ILU0 or ILUT approximate inverses as standalone procedures.

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?**ILU* will reveal which internal functions do this. You might want to experiment with them and figure out their calling syntax. – Szabolcs Jun 14 '12 at 8:21
There was some discussion on this in MathGroup, but nothing too concrete showed up. – J. M. Jun 14 '12 at 8:21
@Szabolcs: it seems to suffice just giving the SparseArray[] object to SparseArraySparseMatrixILU[] ; one can then set the Method option to either "ILU0" or "ILUT" as needed. One can then use LowerTriangularize[] and UpperTriangularize[] to extract the needed factors from the compressed SparseArray[] representation. – J. M. Jun 14 '12 at 8:43
@J.M. Can you post that as an answer? I'm not familiar enough with ILU. – Szabolcs Jun 14 '12 at 8:48
@Szabolcs: Maybe after some more experimentation; it seems I got lucky with my initial examples, and extracting the factors isn't as simple as I thought it was. But the output of SparseArraySparseMatrixILU[]  is similar to the output of LUDecomposition[]` as expected: the compressed matrix where the $\mathbf L$ and $\mathbf U$ factors are packed, and a permutation matrix represented as an integer permutation... – J. M. Jun 14 '12 at 8:53