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Colloquium - Erwig

Parametric Fortran: Automatic Program Generation for Scientific Computing
Oregon State University

Parametric Fortran is an extension of Fortran that supports defining Fortran program templates by allowing the parameterization of arbitrary Fortran constructs. A Fortran program template can be translated into a regular Fortran program guided by values for the parameters. Parametric Fortran is particularly useful in scientific computing. The applications include defining generic functions, removing duplicated code, and automatic differentiation. The described techniques have been successfully employed in a project that implements a generic inverse ocean modeling system.

In this talk I will give a short introduction into the area of program generation. Then I will describe the design, implementation, and applications of Parametric Fortran. I will also talk about the different kinds of users concerned with Parametric Fortran and their required skills.

This talk is sponsored by the National Center for Atmospheric Research Scientific Computing Division and will be held in the Walter Orr Roberts Board Room of the NCAR Fleischman Building at 1850 Table Mesa Drive in Boulder.

Department of Computer Science
University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, CO 80309-0430 USA
May 5, 2012 (14:13)