BRITISH COMPUTER SOCIETY'S FORTRAN SPECIALIST GROUP
The next meeting of the BCS Fortran Specialist Group will
be held on Thursday, 26th November, 1992 from 10.30am to 4.30pm
at IBM South Bank, London. IBM's South Bank location is
situated on the South Bank of the Thames, between the National
Theatre and London Weekend Television premises. The nearest
mainline and tube stations are at Waterloo. There are NCP car
parks opposite the building and below the National Theatre.
Would those members intending to attend please send your name
and affiliation to John Young (or Chris Lazou) for registration
with IBM. However, this is not a pre-requisite for attendance
as members will be able to register on the day.
The morning will be normal business and will include a
report a report from the X3J3 representative. The main item of
the morning will be the discussion paper "The Future of the BCS
>Fortran Specialist Group" which is included in the mailing as
Appendix B. The afternoon will be in two parts; (a) a talk on
the progress of the adoption of Fortran 90 and the development
of High-performance Fortran by IBM, and (b) a report from Chris
Lazou on the UNICOM Seminar on "Fortran and C in Scientific
Please bring this notice to the attention of any colleagues
likely to be interested: we particularly welcome newcomers to
the Group whether members of BCS or not.
Click here for the minutes of this meeting. Links below
are to specific sections of the minutes.
10.30 am 1. Welcome coffee and biscuits
11.00 am 2. Apologies for absence
3. Minutes of the meeting of 3 September 1992
4. Matters arising
5. Report from X3J3 Representative
6. The Future of the Group
7. BCS and any other business
2.00 pm 8. Fortran Development in IBM.
9. The "Fortran and C in Scientific Computing" Seminar.
Tel: 0734 814111 Ext 6292.
BRITISH COMPUTER SOCIETY
FORTRAN SPECIALIST GROUP
OCTOBER 1992 NEWSLETTER
END OF TERM REPORT
I write this Newsletter in the knowledge that this will be my
last. Hopefully, it will also be the last to be published in
this form as there is a proposal to establish a magazine for
the Group - see item below. I have completed over 4 years as
Secretary and now look forward to making a contribution to the
Group as Vice-Chairman. The Group as a whole has achieved
much in the past years leading up to the Fortran 90 Standard.
I am proud to have been part of a team which has made a
(albeit small) contribution to its successful publication.
I do regret not always being able to meet deadlines or doing
more in the way of publicising the Group's work. However, the
Group is now looking at its role within the Fortran Community
as well as position within the BCS. In summary, I would liked
to have done more as Secretary and to have done better that
which I did.
NEW SECRETARY URGENTLY REQUIRED
I have been able to act as Secretary for a further meeting
after my election as Vice-Chairman of the Group. But the
Group really does need a Secretary not only to take the
Minutes of the Meetings but also to deal with BCS HQ, publi-
cise the Group's work, etc. etc. I have been lucky to have
secretarial support for typing the Minutes and, I think, the
job of Secretary would be more difficult without it. Contact
with BCS HQ is much easier now that the move to Swindon has
been settled. So if you would like to contribute to the Group
in this way please contact me or the Chairman, Chris Lazou.
THE FUTURE OF THE BCS FSG
At the last meeting Miles Ellis presented a Discussion Paper
on the future for the Group. The meeting briefly went over
the various points and agreed that it should be distributed to
all members in its present form. Please find this Paper in
the Minutes as Appendix B. Whilst this Paper can be thought
as a 'wish-list' the points raised are serious enough to be
considered by all members. we may not be able to implement all
the suggestions but we have to ensure that the Group will be
around to contribute to the Fortran 2000 Standard. Item 4 in
the Paper is a proposal for a Fortran magazine which, I feel,
should be implemented as soon as practicable. Any improvement
in communications inside and outside the Group has to be an
advantage to our work in Fortran.
John Young. (Tel: 0734 814111, Ext. 6292)