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Fortran Specialist Group AGM 2004 Agenda

Annual General Meeting 2004

11.00 a.m. Wednesday 19th May, 2004
Stanley Gill Room, BCS, 11 Mansfield Street, London W1G 9NZ

(nearest underground stations: Oxford Circus, Gt Portland St, Regent's Park)


10.30 Coffee
11.00 AGM Business
(i) Apologies for absence
(ii) Minutes of the previous AGM (15th May 2003)
(iii) Matters arising
(iv) Chairman's report
(v) Treasurer's report
SG Development Fund report
Membership fee payable by non-BCS members
(vi) Membership report
(added September 2005)
(vii) Web Editor's report
(viii) Revision of FSG Constitution
In section 3b replace
"The Group elects one of its officers to represent it on the BCS Technical Board."
"The Group shall appoint two of its number, who shall hold professional membership of the BCS, to attend meetings of the BCS Specialist Groups Assembly as the Group's representatives."
Consider any other changes required because of the changes to the Society's governance and membership structure.
(ix) Future activities for the Group
(x) Election of Officers
(nominations, including the name of proposer and seconder, may be made to the secretary before the meeting or may be made at the meeting itself)
(xi) Any other business
12.30 Lunch
(For any latecomers - this will probably be at the Dover Castle, Weymouth Mews, W1G 7EQ)
14.00 Progress on Fortran 2003 and the Technical Report on Enhanced Module Facilities
  John Reid, ISO WG5 convenor

Since last year's AGM, WG5 has constructed a Final Committee Draft of Fortran 2003 which was subject to country balloting from 13 October 2003 to 13 February 2004. This passed with 7 yeses, 3 yeses with comments, and 2 abstentions. The comments were quite minor, so I am hoping that by the time of the AGM a Draft International Standard will have been constructed, and be the subject of a vote in the early summer. It should be published later this year.

The Technical Report on Enhanced Module Facilities is designed to ease the construction of huge programs. Good progress was made at the Dresden meeting last summer in finalizing its features and it was the subject of a successful country ballot. It too, should be in its final form by the time of the AGM and published at about the same time as Fortran 2003.

The main topic of this talk will be the Technical Report. I will explain the problem that it addresses and how it will help. I will also summarize the few technical changes made to Fortran 2003 since last year.

14.30 The Future for Fortran
  David Muxworthy, BSI Fortran convenor

If all goes according to schedule, the last dots and commas in Fortran 2003, and on the Technical Report on Enhanced Module facilities, will be put in place at the joint WG5 and J3 meeting on 2-7 May 2004. All that remains thereafter should be the formal ISO votes and the publication of the documents later in the year.

Such is the ever-rolling nature of language standardisation that already there has been considerable discussion on the revision of Fortran 2003: whether it should be a major or minor revision, what the timescales should be, how criteria should be formulated for selection or rejection of features, there being already over 150 papers been put forward for consideration by one or other of the standards committees.

The current tentative schedule envisages the next standard appearing in the summer of 2009. The schedule should be agreed at the May WG5 meeting although it is not proposed to start deciding detailed content until early 2005. This presentation will summarise the discussions on these topics at the meeting.

15.15 Using Fortran on Microsoft Windows
  Alistair Mills, CERN
16.00 Close

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