The numerical linear algebra solver that you use will ultimately be the bottleneck of your large scale inversion. To be the most flexible, SimPEG provides wrappers rather than a comprehensive set of solvers (i.e. BYOS).

The interface is as follows:

A # Where A is a sparse matrix (or linear operator)
Ainv = Solver(A, **solverOpts) # Create a solver object with key word arguments
x = Ainv * b # Where b is a numpy array of shape (n,) or (n,*)
Ainv.clean() # This cleans the memory footprint (if any)


This is somewhat an abuse of notation for solvers as we never actually create A inverse. Instead we are creating an object that acts like A inverse, whether that be a Krylov subspace solver or an LU decomposition.

To wrap up solvers in scipy.sparse.linalg it takes one line of code:

Solver   = SolverWrapD(sp.linalg.spsolve, factorize=False)
SolverLU = SolverWrapD(sp.linalg.splu, factorize=True)
SolverCG = SolverWrapI(


The above solvers are loaded into the base name space of SimPEG.


SimPEG.Utils.SolverUtils.SolverWrapD(fun, factorize=True, checkAccuracy=True, accuracyTol=1e-06, name=None)[source]

Wraps a direct Solver.

Solver   = SolverUtils.SolverWrapD(sp.linalg.spsolve, factorize=False)
SolverLU = SolverUtils.SolverWrapD(sp.linalg.splu, factorize=True)
SimPEG.Utils.SolverUtils.SolverWrapI(fun, checkAccuracy=True, accuracyTol=1e-05, name=None)[source]

Wraps an iterative Solver.

SolverCG = SolverUtils.SolverWrapI(