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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You were not.

Damn. I must have imagined that whole period of my life during my twenties and thirties where, having finished my Ph.D. at Cambridge, I then went on to work at (among others) CERN and Fermilab. I've also clearly imagined all of the C++ code I didn't write that made its way into such diverse frameworks as ROOT and Cactus.

But thankfully there's a man on the internet to remind me that it didn't happen. Thanks for that, anonymous man on the internet!

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