The FEAST library package represents an unified framework for solving various family of eigenvalue problems and achieving accuracy, robustness, high-performance and scalability on parallel architectures. Its originality lies with a new transformative numerical approach to the traditional eigenvalue algorithm design - the FEAST algorithm.

The FEAST algorithm is a general purpose eigenvalue solver which takes its inspiration from the density-matrix representation and contour integration technique in quantum mechanics. The algorithm gathers key elements from complex analysis, numerical linear algebra and approximation theory, to construct an optimal subspace iteration technique using approximate spectral projectors. FEAST can be used for solving both standard and generalized forms of the Hermitian or non-Hermitian problems (linear or non-linear), and it belongs to the family of contour integration eigensolvers. FEAST's main computational task consists of a numerical quadrature computation that involves solving independent linear systems along a complex contour, each with multiple right hand sides.

In v4.0, FEAST has been reimplemented using an inverse residual iteration algorithm which enables the linear systems to be solved with very low accuracy (in single precision) with no impact on the FEAST double precision convergence rate. As a result, v4.0 is on average 3-4 times faster than v2.1 and v3.0 using new default optimization parameters (v2.1 has been featured as Intel-MKL's principal HPC eigensolver since 2013). v4.0 also implements new important features such as IFEAST (using Inexact Iterative solver), Non-linear polynomial FEAST, and PFEAST with its 3-MPI levels of parallelism.

FEAST is both a comprehensive library package, and an easy to use software. It includes flexible reverse communication interfaces and ready to use driver interfaces for dense, banded and sparse systems.
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