[Beowulf] Teaching Scientific Computation (looking for the perfect text)
jmdavis1 at vcu.edu
Tue Nov 20 13:37:30 PST 2007
Vincent Diepeveen wrote:
> There is several ways to look at this issue.
> Suppose your students totally fail as physics student and even more as
> future manager/teamleader and continue as computer science students.
> Then what language can they use best?
> If you open a job site, you'll find biggest companies interested in a
> few languages: C++, JAVA, C#
> You'll find near to zero C jobs and even less Fortran.
I have a staff of 5. Of these 3 are conversant in Fortran. Our ages are
52, 43, and 40. We deal with fortran on a daily basis to support our HPC
users in Physics, Chemistry, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical
Engineering, and occasionally even statistics. Supporting these users
represents over $20 Million of direct funding to the University.
I remember a time in the mid 1980's when I questioned the value of
Fortran. But it's still here, it's still used, and we still need people
who understand it to answer the next generation of questions in the
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