Title: An Overlapping Schwarz Algorithm for Almost Incompressible Elasticity (NYU-CS-TR912) Authors: Clark R. Dohrmann and Olof B. Widlund Abstract: Overlapping Schwarz methods are extended to mixed finite element approximations of linear elasticity which use discontinuous pressure spaces. The coarse component of the preconditioner is based on a low-dimensional space previously developed for scalar elliptic problems and a domain decomposition method of iterative substructuring type, i.e., a method based on non-overlapping decompositions of the domain, while the local components of the preconditioner are based on solvers on a set of overlapping subdomains. A bound is established for the condition number of the algorithm which grows in proportion to the square of the logarithm of the number of degrees of freedom in individual subdomains and the third power of the relative overlap between the overlapping subdomains, and which is independent of the Poisson ratio as well as jumps in the Lam\'e parameters across the interface between the subdomains. A positive definite reformulation of the discrete problem makes the use of the standard preconditioned conjugate gradient method straightforward. Numerical results, which include a comparison with problems of compressible elasticity, illustrate the findings.