Issue 51, 19 January 2006

In this issue:

  • Top Story - NAG provides Universities in the State of Nordrhein-Westfalen with advanced numerical libraries and compilers & tools
  • People of NAG News - Founder Director of NAG receives honorary degree
  • General Information - LAPACK driver example programs now available
  • Tips & Hints - Using the new NAG Tips & Hints repository
  • Events - London & Birmingham
  • Product News - New Implementations

Top Story - NAG provides Universities in the State of Nordrhein-Westfalen with advanced numerical libraries and compilers & tools

NAG is delighted to announce a renewed and extended partnership with the German State of Nordrhein-Westfalen (NRW). This new agreement will provide students and staff at all Universities within the State with NAG's globally renowned numerical libraries, compilers and tools.

Students, professors and teachers at the Universities of Nordrhein-Westfalen, through a multi-site licence agreement, negotiated and administered by the Ruhr-Universität Bochum Rechenzentrum, will have unlimited access to NAG's high quality numerical libraries and developer tools. In addition users can benefit from the unrivalled support provided by the NAG experts who created the software. The new agreement, which replaces a previous licence, includes for the first time NAG's HPC Libraries, which are designed to make optimal use of the processing power and shared memory parallelism of the Symmetric Multi-Processor (SMP) systems.

The agreement was part of the NAG Academic Community Program. It is available globally, with regional variations in North America and Japan. For more information on NAG's Academic Community Programs visit To read the entire press release visit

People of NAG News - Founder Director of NAG receives honorary degree

We are proud to announce that Dr Brian Ford OBE, Founder Director of NAG, received the honorary degree of Doctor of Science from The University of Bath in recognition of his contributions to the computing industry, international standards and university-industry collaborations.

The ceremony took place on 6th December 2005 in Bath's historic Assembly Rooms. Brian received his award from the Chancellor of the University of Bath, Lord Tugendhat. His orator was Professor James Davenport of the Department of Computer Science.

Brian founded the Numerical Algorithms Group (NAG), originally known as the Nottingham Algorithms Group, in 1970. Based on principles of quality and collaboration, NAG developed under Brian's leadership into a highly respected software development organisation and a unique international network of leading mathematicians and statisticians. In the 1970s, the group broke new technological ground in developing high quality, portable numerical software, and the NAG Library family of products has gone from strength to strength since those pioneering days. Over the years, there have also been a number of other notable product additions and technological developments such as the world's first Fortran 90 compiler and the emergence of the NAG Library Engine. Throughout its history and in keeping with its ethos, NAG has made outstanding contributions to international standards for technical software. With outstanding energy, vision and breadth of interest, Brian led NAG as its Director over three successful decades until his retirement in August 2004.

The Council of NAG Ltd, NAG staff, and all Brian's friends, colleagues, and collaborators in the wider NAG community, are delighted to congratulate him on his Doctorate of Science. To read more about the ceremony please click here

General Information - LAPACK driver example programs now available

Sven Hammarling, Principal Consultant at NAG, was one of the original contributors to LAPACK (Linear Algebra PACKage). LAPACK provides routines for solving systems of simultaneous linear equations, linear least-squares problems, eigenvalue problems, and singular value problems. Routines for the associated matrix factorizations are also provided, as are related computations such as reordering Schur factorizations, condition number estimation and forward and backward error estimation. LAPACK is intended for dense and banded matrices, but not general sparse matrices. In all areas, similar functionality is provided for real and complex matrices, in both single and double precision.

We are delighted to announce that Sven has created example programs to illustrate use of the LAPACK driver routines, and NAG is offering these examples to NAG users, and the wider community. To go directly the the LAPACK example programs on the NAG website please visit

LAPACK routines are included in the NAG Numerical Libraries as standard. For more information visit

Tips & Hints - Using the new NAG ‘Tips & Hints’ repository

The ‘Tips & Hints’ section of NAGNews is the most popular feature of the newsletter and to make searching for previous technical papers and articles easier we've created a new area on the website to house them all. The NAG Technial Tips & Hints area can be found here

Events - London & Birmingham
  • DevWeek 2006: 20 - 24 February 2006, London
    NAG is delighted to be exhibiting at DevWeek, the UK's longest established annual event for professional software developers and IT architects. We will be available to discuss how NAG's mathematical and statistical components enhance application functionality.

    For further information on the event, visit:
  • The Oxford Centre for Computational Finance Open Seminar: 28 February 2006, London
    The Oxford Centre for Computational Finance (OCCF) is holding a free seminar at The Sun Microsystems Customer Briefing Centre in London on 28 February. If you are interested in attending the seminar please email us at and we will email you an invitation to register.

    Based at Oxford University, the Oxford Centre for Computational Finance (OCCF) reflects the highly quantitative, data driven-nature of modern financial markets and the increasingly important role of high performance computing. OCCF represents a unique collaboration between the physics, mathematics and computing departments. Several partnership companies are actively involved in OCCF, providing sophisticated hardware, software and database management resources in addition to live data emerging from the world's financial markets.
  • The Education Show: 9 - 11 March 2006, Birmingham
    NAG will also be exhibiting at the UK's leading educational resources event in March. The show will be addressing key issues in education across all subject areas, with a particular focus on core secondary curriculum areas such as English, Maths and Science.

    The Education Show is designed to provide all levels of teachers from all specialisms with a unique opportunity to review the widest selection of resources required to deliver better education, from school through to university.

    For further information on the event, visit:

Product News - New Implementations

NAG is committed to offering new implementations of its broad range of numerical and statistical software components and compilers and tools. The following implementations for NAG products have become available since the last issue of our newsletter:

The NAG Fortran Library, Mark 21 is now also available for the following platforms:

  • SGI MIPS IRIX 6 32-bit using the NAGWare f95 Compiler
  • SGI MIPS IRIX 6 64-bit using the NAGWare f95 Compiler
  • Intel-32 Windows using the Intel Fortran v 8.1 / 9.0 Compiler

The NAG Fortran 90 Library, Release 4 is now also available for the following platform:

  • Sun SPARC Solaris using the Sun Fortran90 v 8.0 Compiler

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