BRITISH COMPUTER SOCIETY FORTRAN SPECIALIST GROUP
MINUTES of a MEETING on Tuesday,
12th January, 1971 at B.C.S.
Headquarters, 29 Portland Place,
London, W.1. at 9.30 a.m.
PRESENT: Mr J.S. Gatehouse (Chairman) GEC-EE Ltd.
Mr K. E. Bicknell Rothamsted Experimental Station
Mr P. D. Bond Philips Electrical
Mr L. I. Brown Kienzle Data Systems
Mr B. Coopersmith London University Computing Services
Mr J. C. Cullen B.P.
Mr I. E. Davidson N.C.R.
Dr A. C. Day University College, London
Mr R. E. Day Edinburgh Regional Computing Centre
Mr M. J. Garside University of Kent at Canterbury
Mr S. G. Guest I.T.T. Data Services
Mr P. Hammond B.P.
Mr J. P. Holland Tunnel Cement Ltd.
Mr K. James I.C.L., Bracknell
Mr C. K. Mackinnon U.K.A.E.A., Risley
Mr D. T. O'Leary C.S.P. Ltd.
Dr C. B. A. Price Honeywell Information Systems Ltd.
Mr J. D. Roberts EE/AEI Turbine Generators Ltd.
Mr B. H. Shearing Alcock, Shearing & Partners
Mr I. A. G. Snowball A.E.R.E., Harwell
Miss E. Wilson University of Kent at Canterbury
Mr M. B. Wood National Computing Centre Ltd.
Mr D. T. Muxworthy (temporary Edinburgh Regional Computing Centre
FOR ABSENCE: Mrs M. M. Barritt (Secretary) Edinburgh Regional Computing Centre
Mr H. W. Bradly (Assistant GEC Power Engineering Ltd.
Mr J. R. Keane I.C.L., Bracknell
1. APPROVAL OF The minutes of the meeting held on 8th September, 1970 were
2. MATTERS The Chairman reported on the meeting of the Steering Committee
ARISING held on the 16th December; this was concerned mainly with
arrangements for the Workshop in Edinburgh and with the reports
of the Working Parties. (see items 3 and 4 below).
The Chairman also reported on correspondence between the
Secretary and the N.C.C.
There was some discussion on the "Standard Fortran Programming
Manual" published by N.C.C. Mr Snowball will collate information
on factual errors in the manual and it is intended that a list be
available at the time of the Workshop in April. Mr Wood was not
present at this time; later he said he would welcome comments
on the manual. It was also suggested that members could write
as individuals to the editor of the Computer Bulletin about
Fortran topics, including the manual.
(Mr Snowball's address is: Building 8.9, A.E.R.E., Harwell,
Didcot, Berkshire; Mr Wood's address is: National Computing Centre,
Quay House, Quay Street, Manchester, M3 3HU).
3. REPORTS OF (a) Conversational Fortran
WORKING Mr Bradly's report was read to the meeting. (A copy is
PARTIES distributed with these minutes). As Mr Bradly has resigned
the chairmanship of this Working Party, it was agreed that
he should pass manuals and relevant documents to Mr O'Leary
who would co-ordinate work until a new chairman was appointed.
The Working Party is thus re-established in a holding capacity
and anyone interested is invited to write to Mr O'Leary,
particularly regarding these objectives:
(i) to list facilities which should be modified from
(ii) to list how existing systems implement these
(iii) to recommend the best way of implementing these
(Mr O'Leary's address is: C.S.P. Ltd., 9 Margaret Street,
London, W1N 7LF.)
(b) Small-machine Fortran
Mr Garside's report was distributed to those present at the
meeting. It is to be further developed as a discussion
document to be available in time for the Workshop in April. A
notice inviting contributions to the Working Party is to appear
in the February, 1971 Computer Bulletin; it was thought that
those using mini-computers were not aware of the existence of
the Working Party.
(Mr Garside's address is: Computing Laboratory, Cornwallis
Building, The University, Canterbury, Kent).
(c) Fortran Extensions
Mr Shearing presented his Working Party's report, which had been
distributed prior to the meeting and is also to be published in
the February, 1971 Computer Bulletin. Mr Shearing said that the
report was for discussion: some minor errors had already been
noticed, and in particular, pages 5 and 8 may be amended slightly
before publicationc There were suggestions for further
extensions but no objections to the report were raised at the
(Mr Shearing's address is: Alcock, Shearing & Partners,
8 Iddesleigh House, Caxton Street, London, S.W.1.)
4. EDINBURGH Mr R. E. Day outlined arrangements for the Workshop which is to
WORKSHOP be held on April 6th and 7th, 1971 and circulated copies of a
draft publicity leaflet. It was decided:
(a) to suggest to the B.C.S, Edinburgh Branch that Mrs Barritt
be invited to be Chairman of the Conference.
(b) that the discussion group topics on the publicity leaflet be:
Fortran's relationship with the operating system
Run-time diagnostics and error control
Input-output (including FORMAT)
It was intended that the publicity leaflet be inserted in
the February Computer Bulletin.
Mr Day is to arrange for copies of the Working Party reports
to be available at the Workshop.
5. DATE OF NEXT It was left to the Steering Committee to decide the date
MEETING of the next meeting.
[The Steering Committee met on 14 May 1971 and arranged for the next Group
meeting to be held on 21 October 1971]