# Step size controllers¤

The list of step size controllers is as follows. The most common cases are fixed step sizes with `diffrax.ConstantStepSize`

and adaptive step sizes with `diffrax.PIDController`

.

Warning

To perform adaptive stepping with SDEs requires commutative noise. Note that this commutativity condition is not checked.

## Abtract base classes

All of the classes implement the following interface specified by `diffrax.AbstractStepSizeController`

.

The exact details of this interface are only really useful if you're using the Manual stepping interface; otherwise this is all just internal to the library.

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```
diffrax.AbstractStepSizeController
```

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Abstract base class for all step size controllers.

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`wrap(self, direction: int) -> AbstractStepSizeController`

`abstractmethod`

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Remakes this step size controller, adding additional information.

Most step size controllers can't be used without first calling `wrap`

to give
them the extra information they need.

**Arguments:**

`direction`

: Either 1 or -1, indicating whether the integration is going to be performed forwards-in-time or backwards-in-time respectively.

**Returns:**

A copy of the the step size controller, updated to reflect the additional information.

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`init(self, terms: PyTree[AbstractTerm], t0: Union[float, int], t1: Union[float, int], y0: PyTree[Shaped[ArrayLike, '?*y'], "Y"], dt0: ~_Dt0, args: PyTree[typing.Any], func: Callable[[PyTree[AbstractTerm], Union[float, int], PyTree[Shaped[ArrayLike, '?*y'], "Y"], PyTree[Any]], PyTree[Shaped[ArrayLike, '?*vf'], "VF"]], error_order: Union[float, int]) -> tuple[Union[float, int], ~_ControllerState]`

`abstractmethod`

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Determines the size of the first step, and initialise any hidden state for the step size controller.

**Arguments:** As `diffeqsolve`

.

`func`

: The value of`solver.func`

.`error_order`

: The order of the error estimate. If solving an ODE this will typically be`solver.order()`

. If solving an SDE this will typically be`solver.strong_order() + 0.5`

.

**Returns:**

A 2-tuple of:

- The endpoint \(\tau\) for the initial first step: the first step will be made
over the interval \([t_0, \tau]\). If
`dt0`

is specified (not`None`

) then this is typically`t0 + dt0`

. (Although in principle the step size controller doesn't have to respect this if it doesn't want to.) - The initial hidden state for the step size controller, which is used the
first time
`adapt_step_size`

is called.

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`adapt_step_size(self, t0: Union[float, int], t1: Union[float, int], y0: PyTree[Shaped[ArrayLike, '?*y'], "Y"], y1_candidate: PyTree[Shaped[ArrayLike, '?*y'], "Y"], args: PyTree[typing.Any], y_error: Optional[PyTree[Shaped[ArrayLike, '?*y'], "Y"]], error_order: Union[float, int], controller_state: ~_ControllerState) -> tuple[bool, Union[float, int], Union[float, int], bool, ~_ControllerState, diffrax._solution.RESULTS]`

`abstractmethod`

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Determines whether to accept or reject the current step, and determines the step size to use on the next step.

**Arguments:**

`t0`

: The start of the interval that the current step was just made over.`t1`

: The end of the interval that the current step was just made over.`y0`

: The value of the solution at`t0`

.`y1_candidate`

: The value of the solution at`t1`

, as estimated by the main solver. Only a "candidate" as it is now up to the step size controller to accept or reject it.`args`

: Any extra arguments passed to the vector field; as`diffrax.diffeqsolve`

.`y_error`

: An estimate of the local truncation error, as calculated by the main solver.`error_order`

: The order of`y_error`

. For an ODE this is typically equal to`solver.order()`

; for an SDE this is typically equal to`solver.strong_order() + 0.5`

.`controller_state`

: Any evolving state for the step size controller itself, at`t0`

.

**Returns:**

A tuple of several objects:

- A boolean indicating whether the step was accepted/rejected.
- The time at which the next step is to be started. (Typically equal to the
argument
`t1`

, but not always -- if there was a vector field discontinuity there then it may be`nextafter(t1)`

instead.) - The time at which the next step is to finish.
- A boolean indicating whether a discontinuity in the vector field has just been passed. (Which for example some solvers use to recalculate their hidden state; in particular the FSAL property of some Runge--Kutta methods.)
- The value of the step size controller state at
`t1`

. - An integer (corresponding to
`diffrax.RESULTS`

) indicating whether the step happened successfully, or if it failed for some reason. (e.g. hitting a minimum allowed step size in the solver.)

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```
diffrax.AbstractAdaptiveStepSizeController (AbstractStepSizeController)
```

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Indicates an adaptive step size controller.

Accepts tolerances `rtol`

and `atol`

. When used in conjunction with an implicit
solver (`diffrax.AbstractImplicitSolver`

), then these tolerances will
automatically be used as the tolerances for the nonlinear solver passed to the
implicit solver, if they are not specified manually.

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```
diffrax.ConstantStepSize (AbstractStepSizeController)
```

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Use a constant step size, equal to the `dt0`

argument of
`diffrax.diffeqsolve`

.

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```
diffrax.StepTo (AbstractStepSizeController)
```

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Make steps to just prespecified times.

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`__init__(self, ts: Any)`

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**Arguments:**

`ts`

: The times to step to. Must be an increasing/decreasing sequence of times between the`t0`

and`t1`

(inclusive) passed to`diffrax.diffeqsolve`

. Correctness of`ts`

with respect to`t0`

and`t1`

as well as its monotonicity is checked by the implementation.

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```
diffrax.PIDController (AbstractAdaptiveStepSizeController)
```

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Adapts the step size to produce a solution accurate to a given tolerance.
The tolerance is calculated as `atol + rtol * y`

for the evolving solution `y`

.

Steps are adapted using a PID controller.

## Choosing tolerances

The choice of `rtol`

and `atol`

are used to determine how accurately you would
like the numerical approximation to your equation.

Typically this is something you already know; or alternatively something for
which you try a few different values of `rtol`

and `atol`

until you are getting
good enough solutions.

If you're not sure, then a good default for easy ("non-stiff") problems is
often something like `rtol=1e-3`

, `atol=1e-6`

. When more accurate solutions
are required then something like `rtol=1e-7`

, `atol=1e-9`

are typical (along
with using `float64`

instead of `float32`

).

(Note that technically speaking, the meaning of `rtol`

and `atol`

is entirely
dependent on the choice of `solver`

. In practice however, most solvers tend to
provide similar behaviour for similar values of `rtol`

, `atol`

. As such it is
common to refer to solving an equation to specific tolerances, without
necessarily stating which solver was used.)

## Example

The choice of `rtol`

and `atol`

can have a significant impact on the
accuracy of even simple systems.
Consider a simple pendulum with a small angle kick:

```
import diffrax as dfx
def dynamics(t, y, args):
dtheta = y["omega"]
domega = - jnp.sin(y["theta"])
return dict(theta=dtheta, omega=domega)
y0 = dict(theta=0.1, omega=0)
term = dfx.ODETerm(dynamics)
sol = dfx.diffeqsolve(
term, solver, t0=0, t1=1000, dt0=0.1, y0,
saveat=dfx.SaveAts(ts=jnp.linspace(0, 1000, 10000),
max_steps=2**20,
stepsize_controller=...
)
```

```
PID_controller_incorrect = diffrax.PIDController(rtol=1e-3, atol=1e-6)
PID_controller_correct = diffrax.PIDController(rtol=1e-7, atol=1e-9)
Constant_controller = diffrax.ConstantStepSize()
```

`rtol`

and `atol`

on the accuracy of
the solution.
## Choosing PID coefficients

This controller can be reduced to any special case (e.g. just a PI controller,
or just an I controller) by setting `pcoeff`

, `icoeff`

or `dcoeff`

to zero
as appropriate.

For smoothly-varying (i.e. easy to solve) problems then an I controller, or a
PI controller with `icoeff=1`

, will often be most efficient.

```
PIDController(pcoeff=0, icoeff=1, dcoeff=0) # default coefficients
PIDController(pcoeff=0.4, icoeff=1, dcoeff=0)
```

For moderate difficulty problems that may have an error estimate that does not vary smoothly, then a less sensitive controller will often do well. (This includes many mildly stiff problems.) Several different coefficients are suggested in the literature, e.g.

```
PIDController(pcoeff=0.4, icoeff=0.3, dcoeff=0)
PIDController(pcoeff=0.3, icoeff=0.3, dcoeff=0)
PIDController(pcoeff=0.2, icoeff=0.4, dcoeff=0)
```

For SDEs (an extreme example of a problem type that does not have smooth behaviour) then an insensitive PI controller is recommended. For example:

```
PIDController(pcoeff=0.1, icoeff=0.3, dcoeff=0)
```

The best choice is largely empirical, and problem/solver dependent. For most
moderately difficult ODE problems it is recommended to try tuning these
coefficients subject to `pcoeff>=0.2`

, `icoeff>=0.3`

, `pcoeff + icoeff <= 0.7`

.
You can check the number of steps made via:

```
sol = diffeqsolve(...)
print(sol.stats["num_steps"])
```

## References

Both the initial step size selection algorithm for ODEs, and the use of an I controller for ODEs, are from Section II.4 of:

```
@book{hairer2008solving-i,
address={Berlin},
author={Hairer, E. and N{\o}rsett, S.P. and Wanner, G.},
edition={Second Revised Edition},
publisher={Springer},
title={{S}olving {O}rdinary {D}ifferential {E}quations {I} {N}onstiff
{P}roblems},
year={2008}
}
```

The use of a PI controller for ODEs are from Section IV.2 of:

```
@book{hairer2002solving-ii,
address={Berlin},
author={Hairer, E. and Wanner, G.},
edition={Second Revised Edition},
publisher={Springer},
title={{S}olving {O}rdinary {D}ifferential {E}quations {II} {S}tiff and
{D}ifferential-{A}lgebraic {P}roblems},
year={2002}
}
```

and Sections 1--3 of:

```
@article{soderlind2002automatic,
title={Automatic control and adaptive time-stepping},
author={Gustaf S{\"o}derlind},
year={2002},
journal={Numerical Algorithms},
volume={31},
pages={281--310}
}
```

The use of PID controllers are from:

```
@article{soderlind2003digital,
title={{D}igital {F}ilters in {A}daptive {T}ime-{S}tepping,
author={Gustaf S{\"o}derlind},
year={2003},
journal={ACM Transactions on Mathematical Software},
volume={20},
number={1},
pages={1--26}
}
```

The use of PI and PID controllers for SDEs are from:

```
@article{burrage2004adaptive,
title={Adaptive stepsize based on control theory for stochastic
differential equations},
journal={Journal of Computational and Applied Mathematics},
volume={170},
number={2},
pages={317--336},
year={2004},
doi={https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cam.2004.01.027},
author={P.M. Burrage and R. Herdiana and K. Burrage},
}
@article{ilie2015adaptive,
author={Ilie, Silvana and Jackson, Kenneth R. and Enright, Wayne H.},
title={{A}daptive {T}ime-{S}tepping for the {S}trong {N}umerical {S}olution
of {S}tochastic {D}ifferential {E}quations},
year={2015},
publisher={Springer-Verlag},
address={Berlin, Heidelberg},
volume={68},
number={4},
doi={https://doi.org/10.1007/s11075-014-9872-6},
journal={Numer. Algorithms},
pages={791–-812},
}
```

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`__init__(self, rtol: Union[float, int], atol: Union[float, int], pcoeff: Union[float, int] = 0, icoeff: Union[float, int] = 1, dcoeff: Union[float, int] = 0, dtmin: Union[float, int] = None, dtmax: Union[float, int] = None, force_dtmin: bool = True, step_ts: Any = None, jump_ts: Any = None, factormin: Union[float, int] = 0.2, factormax: Union[float, int] = 10.0, norm: Callable[[PyTree], Union[float, int]] = <function rms_norm>, safety: Union[float, int] = 0.9, error_order: Union[float, int] = None)`

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**Arguments:**

`rtol`

: Relative tolerance.`atol`

: Absolute tolerance.`pcoeff`

: The coefficient of the proportional part of the step size control.`icoeff`

: The coefficient of the integral part of the step size control.`dcoeff`

: The coefficient of the derivative part of the step size control.`dtmin`

: Minimum step size. The step size is either clipped to this value, or an error raised if the step size decreases below this, depending on`force_dtmin`

.`dtmax`

: Maximum step size; the step size is clipped to this value.`force_dtmin`

: How to handle the step size hitting the minimum. If`True`

then the step size is clipped to`dtmin`

. If`False`

then the differential equation solve halts with an error.`step_ts`

: Denotes extra times that must be stepped to.`jump_ts`

: Denotes extra times that must be stepped to, and at which the vector field has a known discontinuity. (This is used to force FSAL solvers so re-evaluate the vector field.)`factormin`

: Minimum amount a step size can be decreased relative to the previous step.`factormax`

: Maximum amount a step size can be increased relative to the previous step.`norm`

: A function`PyTree -> Scalar`

used in the error control. Precisely, step sizes are chosen so that`norm(error / (atol + rtol * y))`

is approximately one.`safety`

: Multiplicative safety factor.`error_order`

: Optional. The order of the error estimate for the solver. Can be used to override the error order determined automatically, if extra structure is known about this particular problem. (Typically when solving SDEs with known structure.)