Communications in Mathematical Sciences

Volume 7 (2009)

Number 3

A reversible multiscale integration method

Pages: 595 – 610



Gil Ariel

Bjorn Engquist

Richard Tsai


A multiscale, time reversible method for computing the effective slow behavior of systems of highly oscillatory ordinary differential equations is presented. The proposed method relies on correctly tracking a set of slow variables that is sufficient to approximate any variable and functional that are slow under the dynamics of the system. The algorithm follows the framework of the heterogeneous multiscale method. The notion of time reversibility in the multiple time-scale setting is discussed. The algorithm requires nontrivial matching between the microscopic state variables and the macroscopic slow ones. Numerical examples show the efficiency of the multiscale method and the advantages of time reversibility.


Multiscale methods, highly oscillatory ordinary differential equations, reversible methods

2010 Mathematics Subject Classification

34E13, 65L05

Published 1 January 2009