Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 8th May 2014 20:12 UTC
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A large research project in the physical sciences usually involves experimenters, theorists, and people carrying out calculations with computers. There are computers and terminals everywhere. Some of the people hunched over these screens are writing papers, some are analyzing data, and some are working on simulations. These simulations are also quite often on the cutting edge, pushing the world’s fastest supercomputers, with their thousands of networked processors, to the limit. But almost universally, the language in which these simulation codes are written is Fortran, a relic from the 1950s.

Ars looks at three possible replacements for Fortran.

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RE[2]: Comment by benb320
by pica on Fri 9th May 2014 11:17 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by benb320"
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A computer only does about 25 simple things (copy, add, subtract, ..., compare, branch).
- Brendan

You can further abstract it.

A computer
* loads a data item
* performs an operation on data
- arithmetic/logic operation
- jump operation
* stores a data item

And as I stated before:
Lisp is the proof that code and data are isomorph.

As a result a data item might be an instruction.


Edited 2014-05-09 11:25 UTC

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