This two day practical hands-on workshop is aimed at Fortran programmers who want to write modern code, or to modernize existing codes, to make it more readable and maintainable by encouraging good software engineering practices. This workshop will also present how to integrate tools and techniques for Fortran codes to help you develop sustainable software for your scientific and academic research particularly in a collaborative environment. Overall, the aim is to make you a better and more productive computational scientist by improving your applied computer science skills that are directly relevant to computational science.
Please note that part of the registration data will be shared with NAG and NAG may use the data of participants after the workshop to get feedback and to communicate relative information.
Topics will include:
- Modern Fortran standards and how to write optimized and efficient Fortran;
- NetCDF and HDF5 scientific file formats for data sharing in Fortran;
- GNU Automake to automate the build process;
- pFUnit unit testing framework for testing Fortran codes;
- Fortran Documenter tool for Fortran code documentation;
- Git version control for collaborative code development;
- In-situ visualisation using PLplot in Fortran;
- IEEE Floating Point Exception Handling;
- Software verification and portability using the NAG Fortran Compiler;
- Fortran interoperability with C, Python and R;
- Introduction to parallelism for Fortran;
- Fortran code verification using the CamFort tool;
- Introduction to the NAG Fortran library.
The workshop will be run completely free of charge.
Participants will have to bring their laptop and will log into a fully configured Linux server (using SSH) for the exercises. If your laptop is running Windows you can use MobaXterm (external link), on Linux/MacOS no additional Software is needed.
All other material will be provided. Basic knowledge of Fortran (either 77 or 90+) is required. The presentations will be given in English.
Below is some supplementary documentation for the workshop (external links)
- Code peer reviewing best practice
- Doxygen code documentation manual
- Expressing object oriented Fortran using Fortran 90
- Fortran compiler guide
- Fortran compiler comparison
- NAG Fortran Compiler, Release 6.2
- HDF5 file format reference manual
- MPI 3.0 reference
- NetCDF guide
- OpenACC guide
- OpenMP quick reference card
- pFUnit manual
- CUDA Fortran guide
- PLplot manual
- NAG Fortran Library Users' Manual
- University of Cambridge (link is external), 12-13 April 2018
- Leibniz-Rechenzentrum (link is external), Garching bei München, 4-5 June 2018
- HLRS High Performance Computing Center (link is external), Stuttgart, 12-13 June 2018
Please contact email@example.com (link sends e-mail) if you are interested in hosting this workshop or if you have further queries regarding the course.
Please make your own hotel reservation. You may find a list of hotels in Aachen on the web pages of Aachen Tourist Service. We recommend that you try to book a room at the Novotel Aachen City, Mercure am Graben or Aachen Best Western Regence hotels. These are nice hotels with reasonable prices within walking distance (20-30 minutes, see city map) from the IT Center through the old city of Aachen. An alternative is the IBIS Aachen Marschiertor hotel, located close to the main station, which is convenient if you are traveling by train and also prefer to commute to the IT Center by train (4 trains per hour, 2 stops).
Most trains between Aachen and Düsseldorf stop at station Aachen West, which is 10 minutes walk away from the IT Center.
From the bus stop and the train station just walk up Seffenter Weg. The first building on the left side at the junction with Kopernikusstraße is the IT Center of RWTH Aachen University. The event will take place in the extension building located at Kopernikusstraße 6.