What is FORTRAN?

  • (noun): A high-level programing language for mathematical and scientific purposes; stands for formula translation.

Fortran

Fortran (previously FORTRAN) is a general-purpose, imperative programming language that is especially suited to numeric computation and scientific computing. Originally developed by IBM at their campus in south San Jose, California in the 1950s for scientific and engineering applications, Fortran came to dominate this area of programming early on and has been in continual use for over half a century in computationally intensive areas such as numerical weather prediction, finite element analysis, computational fluid dynamics, computational physics and computational chemistry. It is one of the most popular languages in the area of high-performance computing and is the language used for programs that benchmark and rank the world's fastest supercomputers.

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Some articles on FORTRAN:

Fortran - Humor
... During the same Fortran Standards Committee meeting at which the name "FORTRAN 77" was chosen, a technical proposal was incorporated into the official distribution ... battle over whether the "minimum trip count" for the FORTRAN 77 DO statement should be zero (allowing no execution of the block) or one (the "plunge-ahead" DO ...
Livermore Loops
... Livermore loops (also known as the Livermore Fortran kernels or LFK) is a benchmark for parallel computers ... The benchmark was published in 1986 in Livermore fortran kernels A computer test of numerical performance range ... The Livermore loops were originally written in Fortran, but have since been ported to many programming languages ...
Lis (linear Algebra Library) - System Requirements
... The Fortran interface requires a Fortran compiler, and the algebraic multigrid preconditioner requires a Fortran 90 compiler ...
List Of Numerical Libraries - Fortran
... CERNLIB is a collection of FORTRAN 77 libraries and modules ... of eigenvalues and eigenvectors of matrices, written in FORTRAN ... Harwell Subroutine Library is a collection of Fortran 77 and 95 codes that address core problems in numerical analysis ...
Comparison Of Programming Languages (syntax) - Comments - Unique Variants - Fortran
... The indentation of lines in FORTRAN 66/77 is significant ... Fortran 90 removed the need for the indentation rule and added inline comments, using the ! character as the comment delimiter ...