BRITISH COMPUTER SOCIETY FORTRAN SPECIALIST GROUP
MINUTES of a MEETING on Tuesday,
8th September, 1970, at B.C.S.
Headquarters, 29 Portland Place,
London, W.1. at 10.45 a.m.
PRESENT: Mr J.S. Gatehouse (Chairman) GEC-EE Ltd
Mr T.D. Palmer National Coal Board
Mr C. McCallien U.K.A.E.A., Risley
Mr K. Bicknell Rothamsted Experimental Station
Mr P.D. Bond Philips Industries, Croydon
Mr J.P. Holland Tunnel Cement Ltd.
Mr J.R. Keane I.C.L., Bracknell
Mr K.F. James " "
Mr M. Arif St. Thomas's Hospital Med. School
Mr J. R. Main N.C.R.
Mr I. E. Davidson "
Mr D.K. White "
Mr L.I. Brown Kienzle Data Systems
Mr A.J. Hinchley Radics Ltd
Mr J.G. Davies Ferranti Ltd., Edinburgh
Mr J.C. Cullen B.P.
Mr R.E. Small CAP Ltd.
Mr B.H. Shearing Alcock, Shearing & Partners
Dr A.C. Day University College, London
Mr H. W. Bradly (Assistant GEC Power Engineering Ltd.
Mrs M. M. Barritt (Secretary) Edinburgh Regional Computing
Centre (present for part of
FOR ABSENCE Dr I.C. Pyle A.E.R.E., Harwell
Mr I.A.G. Snowball " "
Mr M.J. Garside University of Kent at Canterbury
Mr D.T.Muxworthy Edinburgh Regional Computing
APPROVAL OF The minutes of the meeting held on 7th April, 1970, were approved.
MATTERS Standards The Chairman announced that it was likely that the
ARISING B.S.I. would take the I.S.O. standard when approved as the British
Standard. The I.S.O. draft has been approved for voting. Mr Flower,
the Standards Co-ordinator of I.B.M., wishes to receive all documents.
REPORT of (a) Small Machines
WORKING Mr Garside was unable to be present himself but copies of his
PARTIES report were available and were distributed. Discussion followed.
The Chairman asked that the thanks of the Group to Mr Garside be
recorded and that he would write to him to pass on the comments
of those present.
Mr L.I. Brown of Kienzle Data Systems and Mr A.J. Hinchley of Radics
offered to help Mr Garside in defining a "primitive FORTRAN" for small
machines as suggested at the Edinburgh meeting.
(b) Conversational FORTRAN
Mr Bradly gave a verbal report giving details of those systems about
which he had collected data and promised a written report by the
end of the year.
Mr Bradly also mentioned the difficulties he had experienced
due to the actions of an unofficial group also collecting data
and using the name of the B.C.S. FORTRAN Specialist Group.
The Chairman agreed to contact the group concerned.
(c) Extensions to FORTRAN_beyond X3.9
Mr Shearing also gave a verbal report. He said he had had a good
response from users to form his working party and they had divided
the extensions from contributors into a number of categories.
The first category, the present "de facto" extensions, would be
reported on by the end of the year and would also be sent to the
WORKSHOP IN It had been suggested that a two-day workshop be held in Edinburgh
EDINBURGH in May, 1971, to be run jointly by the Edinburgh Branch of the B.C.S.
and the Regional Computing Centre. It was hoped that any recommen-
dations made at the workshop could be sent to the B.S.I. by September.
This suggestion was approved and the Chairman agreed to inform
the Conference Department, but the dates would be left to the
[Editor's note: This was proposed as a follow-up to the highly successful two-day
conference on Fortran organized by the Edinburgh Regional Computing Centre in
May 1969 which was attended by over 160 participants from all over the UK plus
a handful from the Continent.]
NEXT MEETING The next meeting was fixed for Tuesday, 12th January, 1971, at
10.45 a.m. at B.C.S. Headquarters.
ANY OTHER Algorithms Mr Shearing raised the question of Algorithms
BUSINESS appearing in the B.C.S. Bulletin which were not in A.N.S.I.
The meeting agreed that the Chairman should write to the Editor
offering the services of the Group to referee FORTRAN Algorithms.
Mr Shearing announced that a new edition of the FORTRAN Dialects
Report was now available at a cost of 25/- to members and £2 2s.
to outside bodies.
Comments were also made about the N.C.C. Report on FORTRAN
standards and the Chairman was asked to write to the Director
to ask about possible liaison on matters of mutual interest.