Issue 74, 4 September 2008


Fortran Builder ' New Windows Compiler from NAG - Now Available

NAG Fortran Builder is a new Integrated Development Environment for Release 5.1 of the Microsoft Windows version of the NAG Fortran Compiler. It has been developed to provide comprehensive features that will be invaluable to developers.

Fortran Builder has a wide range of key features that make it extremely easy to use. They include a GUI debugger, an integrated help system, a “pretty printer” tool that can convert from fixed to free format, and a call graph generator.

Fortran Builder projects include Console Application, Static Library, DLL and projects using various numerical libraries. Once the desired project type has been selected and named, files can be added to the project. Existing Fortran source files can be added to the project using the usual Windows file opening dialogue. These files can be edited using the built in Fortran-aware editor, which can also be used to create new files. The editor uses colour coding of syntax elements to make the source code more readable and features keyword completion.

To learn more about Fortran Builder please visit our website

White Paper ' Using the NAG Libraries with Microsoft Excel 2003

One of many benefits the NAG Libraries offer is the flexibility to call its many routines into other software packages such as Excel, MATLAB or Maple. NAG's extensive library of mathematical and statistical routines gives the user access to a greater selection of techniques than is available in the base packages themselves, this in turn allows the user to solve a wider range of problems from within their favourite environment.

Guides on how to call NAG's routines from various packages are freely available on our website but new to the website today is a guide written by Dr Michael Croucher of the University of Manchester on using the NAG Fortran Library from within Microsoft Excel 2003. Dr Croucher is one of several present-day NAG collaborators at the University. Based in Information Systems, he acts as a liaison between NAG and its many users at Manchester.

NAG's association with University of Manchester dates back to the very beginnings of NAG in 1971. Manchester was one of the founding sites and contributed code to the ordinary differential equations and partial differential equations chapters and collaboration continues to the present day.

NAG is grateful that Michael has written this clear guide for integrating NAG software with Excel. To read the paper please visit our website at

NAG recognises that some users will want to interface the NAG C Library to Excel. The NAG website gives C users such help here.

NAG Libraries Available for Apple Intel MAC 64-bit

NAG is committed to providing users of Apple Intel MAC systems with its products and now adds 64- bit versions of the NAG C Library and NAG Fortran Library to its portfolio. The NAG Library, used in conjunction with the NAG Compiler, also available for Apple Intel MAC 64-bit, will enhance computation in many disciplines such as finance modelling, engineering and R&D.

NAG Member and Collaborator Awarded Prestigious Fr'hlich Prize

We are delighted to congratulate Professor Nicholas Higham FRS, of the University of Manchester, on receiving the prestigious Fr'hlich Prize.

The prize was awarded to Professor Higham by the London Mathematical Society in July this year in recognition of his outstanding contributions to numerical linear algebra and numerical stability analysis.

We are very proud to have close association with Professor Higham. He has worked with NAG as a collaborator on the NAG Library and is a keen NAG member.

HECToR User Group Meeting 2008

Regular readers of NAG News will know about NAG's involvement in the UK's premier supercomputing service, HECToR, for which we provide Computational Science and Engineering support. NAG is organising the second HECToR User Group meeting in Edinburgh on September 23rd 2008, to mark the first full year of the service's operation. This one day event will include talks from users and the service providers, as well as a panel session giving users an opportunity to discuss any aspect of HECToR with the people who fund and operate it. Two talks will be from Distributed CSE projects, where NAG provides dedicated software engineering resources to users for a few months or even years. Phil Hasnip will talk about his work improving the scaling of CASTEP, a code used widely in material science, chemistry, physics, engineering and molecular biology to calculate the electronic properties of solids. Fiona Reid will talk about her work improving the IO capabilities of NEMO, an ocean modelling tool, and her initial experiences porting it to Cray's new X2 vector architecture.

The agenda and further details about HUG 2008 are available at If you are an existing or prospective HECToR user and would like to attend the meeting, please register at More information about HECToR can be found at

New NAG Product 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 Fortran Library
  • Apple Intel Mac OS X 64-bit using the NAG Fortran Compiler
New implementations of the NAG Fortran 90 Library
  • x86-64 Linux64 using the Sun Fortran95 Compiler
New implementations of the NAG SMP Library
  • Fujitsu PRIMEPOWER Solaris 10 using the Fujitsu Fortran Compiler
  • Fujitsu HX600 Linux64 using the Fujitsu Fortran Compiler
New implementations of the NAG Parallel Library
  • Fujitsu PRIMEPOWER Solaris 10 using the Fujitsu Fortran Compiler
  • Fujitsu HX600 Linux64 using the Fujitsu Fortran Compiler
New implementations of the NAG Fortran Compiler
  • Apple Intel Mac OS X 64-bit
  • x86-32 Windows
  • Itanium Linux64

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

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