[Beowulf] Teaching Scientific Computation (looking for the perfect text)

Toon Moene toon at moene.indiv.nluug.nl
Tue Nov 20 16:54:32 EST 2007


Nathan Moore wrote:

> After reflection though, I've started to wonder about the wisdom of my 
> choice.  Specifically (like RGB), I love the GSL library, and extending 
> GSL to fortran in an intro class is non-trivial.  Additionally, most 
> vendors supply "fast" hardware libraries in C (I may be ignorant, but if 
> a student wants to call an AMD ACML fast-math function( 
> http://developer.amd.com/acml.jsp), or write a linear algebra function 
> to run on a graphics card(http://developer.nvidia.com/object/cuda.html 
> <http://developer.nvidia.com/object/cuda.html>), the vendors seem to 
> assume that you'll write the code in C). 

For these specific points, couldn't you use the ISO C-binding feature of 
Fortran 2003 ?  I do not know off-hand whether g95 implements it (but I 
think it does).  It's also part of gfortran 4.3.0 (not released yet, but 
only months away).

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