UFC

Add max_space_dimension to finite element class

Registered by Anders Logg on 2009-10-08

> On Wed, Oct 07, 2009 at 10:47:53AM +0100, Garth N. Wells wrote:
>> We added some time ago
>>
>> dof_map::max_local_dimension()
>>
>> and perhaps we also need
>>
>> finite_element::max_local_dimension()
>>
>> and
>>
>> finite_element::local_dimension(const ufc_cell& )
>>
>> I have a problem for which the number of dofs an element has can grow
>> during a computation. You may say that this is then a different element,
>> but that would make it hard to handle in DOLFIN and hard to generate
>> code for.
>>
>> Here's an example of an inconsistency. In dolfin::Function, we
>> initialise some scratch space for the dof map based on the element space
>> dimension,
>>
>> dofs = new uint[element.space_dimension()];
>> for (uint i = 0; i < element.space_dimension(); i++)
>> dofs[i] = 0;
>>
>> whereas is dolfin::UFC we use dof_map::max_local_dimension().
>
> Yes, it would be natural to have max_ in both and an optional cell
> argument.
>
> But for the finite element class, it would be better to have
>
> unsigned int max_space_dimension() const;
> unsigned int space_dimension(const cell& cell) const;
>
> rather than (max_)local_dimension, since there is always only one
> dimension for an element (not local and global).
>

Yes, these names are what I intended.

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