ode_solvers 0.4.0

Numerical methods to solve ordinary differential equations (ODEs) in Rust.


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Numerical methods to solve ordinary differential equations (ODEs) in Rust.


To start using the crate in a project, the following dependency must be added in the project's Cargo.toml file:

ode_solvers = "0.4.0"

Then, in the main file, add

use ode_solvers::*;

Type alias definition

The numerical integration methods implemented in the crate support multi-dimensional systems. In order to define the dimension of the system, declare a type alias for the state vector. For instance

type State = Vector3<f64>;

The state representation of the system is based on the SVector<T,D> structure defined in the nalgebra crate. For convenience, ode-solvers re-exports six types to work with systems of dimension 1 to 6: Vector1<T>,..., Vector6<T>. For higher dimensions, the user should import the nalgebra crate and define a SVector<T,D> where the second type parameter of SVector is a dimension. For instance, for a 9-dimensional system, one would have:

type State = SVector<f64, 9>;

Alternativly, one can also use the DVector<T> structure from the nalgebra crate as the state representation. When using a DVector<T>, the number of rows in the DVector<T> defines the dimension of the system.

type State = DVector<f64>;

System definition

The system of first order ODEs must be defined in the system method of the System<T, V> trait. Typically, this trait is defined for a structure containing some parameters of the model. The signature of the System<T, V> trait is:

pub trait System<T, V> {
    fn system(&self, x: T, y: &V, dy: &mut V);
    fn solout(&self, _x: T, _y: &V, _dy: &V) -> bool {

where system must contain the ODEs: the second argument is the independent variable (usually time), the third one is a vector containing the dependent variable(s), and the fourth one contains the derivative(s) of y with respect to x. The method solout is called after each successful integration step and stops the integration whenever it is evaluated as true. The implementation of that method is optional. See the examples for implementation details.

Method selection

The following explicit Runge-Kutta methods are implemented in the current version of the crate:

Method Name Order Error estimate order Dense output order
Runge-Kutta 4 Rk4 4 N/A N/A
Dormand-Prince Dopri5 5 4 4
Dormand-Prince Dop853 8 (5, 3) 7

These methods are defined in the modules rk4, dopri5, and dop853. The first step is to bring the desired module into scope:

use ode_solvers::dopri5::*;

Then, a structure is created using the new or the from_param method of the corresponding struct. Refer to the API documentation for a description of the input arguments.

let mut stepper = Dopri5::new(system, x0, x_end, dx, y0, rtol, atol);

The system is integrated using

let res = stepper.integrate();

and the results are retrieved with

let x_out = stepper.x_out();
let y_out = stepper.y_out();

See the homepage for more details.