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Physics-Informed Neural Operator for Learning Partial Differential Equations
Zongyi Li · Hongkai Zheng · Nikola Kovachki · David Jin · Haoxuan Chen · Burigede Liu · Kamyar Azizzadenesheli · Animashree Anandkumar

Machine learning methods have recently shown promise in solving partial differential equations (PDEs). They can be classified into two broad categories: approximating the solution function and learning the solution operator. The Physics-Informed Neural Network (PINN) is an example of the former while the Fourier neural operator (FNO) is an example of the latter. Both these approaches have shortcomings. The optimization in PINN is challenging and prone to failure, especially on multi-scale dynamic systems. FNO does not suffer from this optimization issue since it carries out supervised learning on a given dataset, but obtaining such data may be too expensive or infeasible. In this work, we propose the physics-informed neural operator (PINO), where we combine the operating-learning and function-optimization frameworks. This integrated approach improves convergence rates and accuracy over both PINN and FNO models. In the operator-learning phase, PINO learns the solution operator over multiple instances of the parametric PDE family. In the test-time optimization phase, PINO optimizes the pre-trained operator ansatz for the querying instance of the PDE. Experiments show PINO outperforms previous ML methods on many popular PDE families while retaining the extraordinary speed-up of FNO compared to solvers. In particular, PINO accurately solves long temporal transient flows and Kolmogorov flows where other baseline methods fail to converge.

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Zongyi Li (Caltech)
Hongkai Zheng (Caltech)
Nikola Kovachki (Cal Tech)
David Jin (Caltech)
Haoxuan Chen (Caltech)
Burigede Liu (Cambridge University)
Kamyar Azizzadenesheli (Purdue University)
Animashree Anandkumar (Caltech and NVIDIA)

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