[Beowulf] NCSU and FORTRAN

Clements, Brent M (SAIC) brent.clements at bp.com
Thu Sep 7 13:18:58 PDT 2006

If she's a student, she can download the intel fortran compilers(I'm
talking about the commandline compilers, not the visual) for free. They
have a number of dev libs that are useful too. 

I've had grad students and profs in the past get good results using
Matlab, intel and the intel MKL.

Good Luck


-----Original Message-----
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On Behalf Of Geoff Jacobs
Sent: Thursday, September 07, 2006 1:38 PM
To: Wallace Pitts
Cc: beowulf at beowulf.org
Subject: Re: [Beowulf] NCSU and FORTRAN

Wallace Pitts wrote:
> Robert;
> My wife is a biomathematics student at NCSU.  She is currently working

> on a Markov chain simulation using MATLAB.  The goal is to use some 
> sort of search routine to find a set of transition matrix parameters 
> that minimize the sum of squares.  The problem simulated say 10,000 
> molecules for say 400 states.  The search process is slow as 
> mollassesb (we use routines in the optimization toolbox as well as the

> Genetic algorithm and direct search toolbox).
> I used FORTRAN in a former life, and still have a compiler or 2.  In 
> addition I have several optimization routines lifted  from 
> "Optimization with FORTRAN.
> Any suggestions as to compilers (have g77).
gfortran is a vast improvement on g77. On the commercial front, all my
experience is with the stuff from Portland Group, which is good.

> I have looked at the
> propaganda on Intel's website, and they claim that their Visual 
> FORTRAN will handle multi core processors.
Do they mean that they support OpenMP? This is hardly remarkable in a
commercial product.

> Regards,
> Wallace Pitts.

Geoffrey D. Jacobs

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