Fortran for Scientific Computing

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Fortran for Scientific Computing


Oct 21, 2021: Updated information concerning lunch and breaks

This course is dedicated to scientists and students to learn (sequential) programming with Fortran for scientific applications. The course teaches newest Fortran standards. Hands-on sessions will allow users to immediately test and understand the language constructs. This workshop provides scientific training in Computational Science, and, in addition, encourages the scientific exchange of the participants among themselves.

(This course has the same content as the online course offered in spring.)

On-site / COVID
On-site course & COVID rules

Although this event is a training course, another important aspect is the scientific exchange between participants, which did not work as well as we hoped in our online courses.

The concept to enable this communication among our participants consists of

  • common (coffee) and lunch breaks, and
  • if you want and permitted by COVID-19 rules in December, working together in groups of two during the exercises.

For your security, we allow only completely vaccinated, or fully recovered, or participants tested negatively on COVID-19 on all days. In the course room and when not eating/drinking, FFP2 masks are required. See here for details. Of course, these rules also apply to the instructors.


Preliminary program:

Fortran syntax overview
- Basics - Program units - Dynamic data - IO
Obsolete features of Fortran
Fortran intrinsics
Multiple source files
Optimisation of single processor performance
Features of Fortran 2003 and 2008
Compilers for Fortran and their usage

A detailed program (online course in April 2021) can be found here (PDF) (CET time for this course, preliminary)


Familiarity with Linux and Linux editors is recommended. Basics/principles of programming (in any language). Basic mathematics (integration and differentiation).


The course language is German. The slides are in English.


Ralf Schneider and Dmitry Khabi from HLRS.

Course Material

Each participant will get a digital copy of all slides.
For course participants only: Link to the exercises (password protected).

Literature and Textbooks

Recommended book: Michael Metcalf, John Reid, Malcom Cohen, "Modern Fortran explained".


via online registration form.

Extended Deadline with Late Registration

for registration is November 21, 2021 (extended deadline).
Late registrations after the deadline are still possible according to the course capacity.

Fee (no coffee)

Students without Diploma/Master: 40 EUR
Students with Diploma/Master (PhD students) at German universities: 90 EUR
Members of German universities and public research institutes: 90 EUR
Members of universities and public research institutes within EU or PRACE member countries: 180 EUR.
Members of other universities and public research institutes: 360 EUR
Others: 960 EUR

Our course fee includes soft drinks in breaks (in classroom courses only). See below for details.



There will be several shorter breaks and a lunch break every day. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we can only offer water (carbonized and natural) and apple juice in single bottles in breaks but no coffee. If you would like to drink coffee you might bring it in a thermos yourself or you can go to a nearby bakery. All bottles that contain liquids must be safely lockable by a screw cap to protect the laptops and the underfloor in the lecture hall.

We recommend that you bring your own lunch. As of today, due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be no possibility to have lunch at the canteen. We are only aware of the following two publicly accessible nearby places for lunch:

  • A food truck from 11:00-14:00, see "Standort Südwest" here, approximately 300 m from HLRS,
  • Bakery Sehne, near bus stop "Im Lauchhau", approximately 400 m from HLRS.
Travel Information and Accommodation

see our How to find us page.


HLRS is part of the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS), which is one of the six PRACE Advanced Training Centres (PATCs)
that started in Feb. 2012.
HLRS is also member of the Baden-Württemberg initiative bwHPC-C5.
This course is provided within the framework of the bwHPC-C5 user Support.
This course is not part of the PATC curriculum and is not sponsored by the PATC program.


Rolf Rabenseifner phone 0711 685 65530, 
Lorenzo Zanon phone 0711 685 63824,

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