writing skills Re: [Beowulf] Re: about clusters in high schools

Kevin Ball kball at pathscale.com
Mon Jan 30 11:29:56 PST 2006

  As an interesting note, I started out studying mechanical engineering
at UCSD, and they required one class in either Fortran (90) or C.  I
took the Fortran version.  I then ended up in Physics rather than
engineering, where in the required courses Mathematica was the platform
of choice for computation, though there were other later (optional)
courses that used C or Fortran, but those languages were picked up
somewhat as needed rather than formally taught.

Kevin Ball
PathScale, Inc.
> I went through an exercise to try and hire a good young engineer a few
> years ago.  I wanted to unload, reduce the hours I work, and start
> traveling with my wife.  I gave up the search because I wanted an
> engineer (US citizenship required) with programming skills.  Some of the
> applicants asked "What is FORTRAN"?  The only applicants with
> programming skills were the engineers educated abroad that answered the
> ad out of desparation.

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