Issue 72, 4 June 2008

In this issue:


NAG recognizes outstanding student achievements

The NAG Prize http://www.nag.co.uk/market/articles/NAG_Prize_2008.asp, now in its second year, is awarded annually to recognize the achievements of students on mathematical and computing related courses at the University of Manchester.

The winners of the NAG Prize 2008, Mary Iwunor and Andrew Gordon, were awarded their prize by Rob Meyer, NAG CEO, and Sven Hammarling, NAG Principal Technical Consultant, at a ceremony on 29 April 2008 at the University of Manchester. Mary and Andrew were awarded the prize on account of their outstanding exam results in MSc courses mathematical finance and mathematics and computational finance respectively.


Calling the NAG Fortran Library from Python

The Python tool F2PY is an automatic generator of Python wrappers for C and Fortran subprograms. F2PY is not the perfect solution for wrapping a NAG Library, but in many cases it provides a quick solution. The technical report “Calling the NAG Fortran Library from Python using F2PY” gives an overview of the pros and cons of the F2PY tool and provides some examples demonstrating its use.

We are keen to talk to users about their experiences in calling the NAG Fortran Library http://www.nag.co.uk/numeric/fl/FLdescription.asp from Python and in helping users who are interested in trying this. We intend to follow this report with a subsequent one detailing how one might interface to the NAG C Library http://www.nag.co.uk/numeric/CL/CLdescription.asp.


NAG C Library using Intel Compiler on Apple Mac OS X

NAG is happy to announce that Apple Intel Mac users running Apple Mac OS X version 10.4 (Tiger) or above and the Intel C compiler can now utilize the NAG C Library http://www.nag.co.uk/numeric/CL/CLdescription.asp. NAG has two implementations of the NAG C Library for this platform produced using gcc version 4.0. These implementations are CLMIN08DG, which is the 32-bit version, and CLMI608DG, which the corresponding 64-bit version. These implementation are provided with static and shareable libraries using either the NAG provided BLAS and LAPACK or the BLAS http://www.nag.co.uk/numeric/cl/manual/pdf/F16/f16_intro.pdf and LAPACK http://www.nag.co.uk/lapack/ supplied from Apple Computer's Mac vecLib library.

We have recently checked compatibility of all libraries provided in both of the above implementations with the Intel C compiler version 10.1.007. We are pleased to report that both the above implementations work correctly with this version of the Intel C compiler.


NAG Event Calendar
European Consortium for Mathematics in Industry
http://www.ecmi2008.org/
30 June - 4 July 2008, London

NAG is delighted to support the ECMI event which promotes the application of innovative mathematics to industry. As well as being present at the exhibition, NAG will also be presenting a seminar on 2 July entitled “Introduction to the NAG Toolbox for MATLAB”.

NAG is offering a free one-day ECMI pass. To qualify for the draw simply reply to this email with “free pass ECMI” in the subject line. Last entry date for the draw is 11 June 2008. The winner will be contacted by email.

Other events where NAG will be exhibiting in June and July:

International Supercomputing Conference
http://www.supercomp.de/isc08/content/
17-20 June 2008, Dresden

4th Annual CARISMA Seminar: Risk Control Strategies for Hedge Funds & Program Trading
http://www.optirisk-systems.com/newsandevents_events.asp#
30 June ' 3 July 2008 ' London

NAG is offering a free one-day CARISMA Seminar pass. To qualify for the draw simply reply to this email with “free pass CARISMA” in the subject line. Last entry date for the draw is 11 June 2008. The winner will be contacted by

email.
Product News - Latest 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:

New implementations of the NAG C Library

  • IBM Cell Linux 32-bit using the IBM XL C/C++ v9.0 Compiler
  • IBM Cell Linux 64-bit using the IBM XL C/C++ v9.0 Compiler

New implementations of the NAG Fortran Library

  • x86-64 Linux64 using the pgf90 v7.1

For full details of these and all other available implementations, visit the NAG site. Comprehensive technical details of each implementation are given in the relevant Installation and User Notes at http://www.nag.co.uk/doc/inun.asp


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