Abdullah Ali Sivas (University of Waterloo)

Ben Southworth (University of Colorado, Boulder)

Sander Rhebergen (University of Waterloo)

Space-time finite element methods are excellent for the discretization of partial differential equations (PDEs), including on time-dependent domains. Unlike classical time-stepping methods, such as Runge-Kutta or multistep methods, space-time methods make no distinction between spatial and temporal variables. Instead, the PDE is discretized directly in *d*+1-dimensional space-time, where *d* is the spatial dimension. Consider, for example, the time-dependent advection equation in *d* spatial dimensions,

To apply the space-time finite element method, we introduce first the space-time gradient

and space-time advective velocity

We, then, write the time-dependent advection equation as a `steady’ advection equation in space-time:

We discretize this equation by the space-time HDG method of [1,3].

In this talk, we discuss the solution of the space-time HDG discretization of the advection and advection-diffusion equation on time-dependent domains by *l*AIR algebraic multigrid [2]. *l*AIR was shown in [2] to be an optimal solver for hyperbolic and advection-dominated problems. This makes *l*AIR ideal also as a solver for space-time discretizations of advection dominated flows. We will also discuss and compare the solution of space-time HDG discretizations resulting from an all-at-once discretization, in which the *d*+1-dimensional space-time domain has been discretized into a *d*+1-dimensional unstructured mesh, and a slab approach, in which the space-time domain is first partitioned into time-slabs and the problem is solved one slab at a time. We investigate the efficiency of *l*AIR for purely hyperbolic and strongly advection-dominated problems, which are difficult or intractable for many parallel-in-time methods, and also consider the weakly advection-dominated case. We furthermore investigate *l*AIR in combination with space-time adaptive mesh refinement, a unique advantage of space-time finite elements over a traditional separation of space and time.