Fortran Expo

A joint meeting organised by
the BCS Fortran Specialist Group and
the Institute of Physics Computational Physics Group

10.00 - 16.30, Friday 15th June 2012
BCS London Office, First Floor, The Davidson Building,
5 Southampton Street, London WC2E 7HA

  • Far from being a dead programming language, modern Fortran continues to underpin much scientific and technological activity. It can also be found in less expected fields like economics and urban planning.
  • This one-day 'Fortran Expo' is a showcase for the language, where you can see how Fortran enables a wide variety of modelling applications, from the simple to the complex.
  • It is also an opportunity to exchange thoughts on code development and programming methodologies, the use of GPUs and to hear about ongoing developments in the Fortran standard.
  • The aims of this meeting include the promotion of Fortran as a modern programming language ideally suited to a wide variety of mathematical modelling and other applications on PCs through to huge HPC systems, to highlight recent developments in the Fortran standards and to exchange ideas on code development, etc.
  • The meeting is free to attend and is non-profit. It is jointly sponsored by BCS FSG and IoP CPG.



10.00 Coffee, tea and biscuits
10.30 Welcome and introduction
Peter Crouch, Chairman, BCS Fortran SG

10.40 Current Developments in Fortran Standards (176 KB PDF file)
David Muxworthy, BSI Fortran Convenor

The ISO Fortran committee is continuing development in two specific areas – interoperability with C and additional coarray (parallel processing) facilities while Fortran 2008 is bedding down with both compiler writers and Fortran users. The committee is also developing the Fortran chapter in the ISO multi-language report on language vulnerabilities.

As it typically takes at least five years from beginning work on a language revision to final publication of the new standard, next summer the committee will start considering development of Fortran 2008. The process starts with ideas submitted by the various member countries. BSI will be inviting input during 2013.

11.10 Compiler Support for the Fortran 2003 and 2008 Standards (available as a 266 KB PDF file or as a 249 KB PDF file in handout format)
Ian Chivers, Rhymney Consulting & Jane Sleightholme, Fortranplus

We will look at how new features in Fortran are being embraced and which compilers and hardware are used.

11.25 Conquest – order N ab initio Electronic Structure simulation code for quantum mechanical modelling in large scale (2.58 MB PDF file)
Lianheng Tong, London Centre for Nanotechnology

11.55 UK R–matrix Atomic and Molecular Physics HPC Code Development Project (528 KB PDF file)
Jimena Gorfinkiel, Department of Physical Sciences, The Open University

12.35 Buffet Lunch and networking
13.35 Afternoon session
Chairman: John Pelan, Liaison Officer, IoP Computational Physics Group and Vice-Chairman, BCS Fortran SG

13.40 FORTAX: a tax and benefit microsimulation library (754 KB .pptx file)
Jonathan Shaw, The Institute for Fiscal Studies

14.20 N-Body Simulations (134 KB PDF file)
Sverre Aarseth, Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge

15.00 Afternoon Tea
15.20 Why (and Why Not) to Use Fortran - Instead of C++, Matlab, Python, etc., (82 KB PDF file)
leading into a discussion of
Fortran – its Applications and its Future
Nick Maclaren, Computing Service, University of Cambridge
16.30 Close


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