High Performance computing with Fortran Promoting Consortium

What is HPFPC ?

The HPF (High Performance Fortran) Promotion Council has continued its activities to promote the widespread use of HPF, a high-level parallel processing language, including the publication of an introductory book on HPF, "Parallel Programming on PC Clusters. However, judging objectively, unfortunately, it is unlikely that HPF will be widely used by general users in the future, and considering the recent situation of Fortran, we feel that we are facing a situation where the future of Fortran itself, rather than HPF, is in crisis.

In fact, many universities do not teach Fortran, and in many cases do not even teach programming itself. If this situation continues, the Fortran culture will die out, and the vast Fortran programming assets will become a legacy that will not be used by anyone. However, the HPF Promotion Council believes that the superiority of Fortran is still unquestionable in scientific and technical computing, and that the Fortran culture should be inherited.

On the other hand, the ISO Fortran Working Group, which is responsible for revising the Fortran standard, continues to work on incorporating modern programming paradigms such as object orientation and type abstraction into Fortran. There is also an ongoing movement to make parallelization features such as Coarray a standard. In fact, some of the Coarray features have been incorporated in Fortran 2008. However, there is still room for debate as to how useful these functions will be in practical terms for future scientific and technological calculations.

The HPF Promotion Council, which is celebrating its 15th anniversary, aims to promote, educate, and educate the public about Fortran-based high performance parallel processing languages, regardless of the specific language of HPF. The English name is High Performance computing with Fortran Promoting Consortium (HPFPC).

The HPFPC will hold symposia on parallel Fortran, events where Fortran compiler vendors and users can exchange opinions, "Fortran Juku" workshops to discuss everything from Fortran technology to policy, and the creation of educational materials for Fortran education. We would like to continue our activities to protect the Fortran culture through these activities.

(From the revised prospectus (June 1, 2016))