Fortran for Scientific Computing

Photo of scientists participating in a training course in HLRS's Ruehle Saal
This course will be provided as an ONLINE course (using Zoom).

This course is dedicated to scientists and students to learn (sequential) programming of scientific applications with Fortran. 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, the scientific exchange of the participants among themselves.



Online course
Organizer: HLRS, University of Stuttgart, Germany

Start date

Dec 05, 2022

End date

Dec 09, 2022



Entry level


Course subject areas

Programming Languages for Scientific Computing


Code Optimization


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Prerequisites and content levels

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

Please install the Fortran compiler on your local machine and get access to the Fortran 2018 Standard as a PDF document by following the instructions in this document.

Content levels:
  • Basic: 13 hours
  • Intermediate: 13 hours
  • Advanced: 7 hours

Learn more about course curricula and content levels.


Uwe Küster (former HLRS) and Ralf Schneider (Head, Department of Numerical Libraries, HLRS).


Topics to be covered in this course include:

  • Fortran syntax overview
    • Basics
    • Program units, modules, procedures
    • Dynamic data
    • Input and Output
  • Fortran intrinsics
  • Obsolete features of Fortran
  • Multiple source files
  • Compilers for Fortran and their usage
  • Optimisation of single processor performance
  • Features of Fortran 2003, 2008 and 2018

All times CET. The detailed program is now available.


Registered participants will get a pdf of the slides and a link to the exercises.

Recording of the 2014 course are available for all in the HLRS self-study materials.

Literature and Textbooks

Michael Metcalf, John Reid, Malcom Cohen: "Modern Fortran explained" (ISBN: 978-0-19-881189-3).

Registration information

Register via the button at the top of this page.
We encourage you to register to the waiting list if the course is full. Places might become available.
You can also register to the next course in 2023.

Registration closes on November 20, 2022 (extended deadline).

Late registrations after the deadline are still possible according to the course capacity.


Monday-Tuesday: This is an HLRS course with the following fees:

  • Students without master’s degree or equivalent at a German university: 30 EUR.
  • Students without master’s degree or equivalent at a university in an EU, EU-associated or PRACE country: 30 EUR.
  • PhD students or employees at a German university or public research institute: 60 EUR.
  • PhD students or employees at a university or public research institute in an EU, EU-associated or PRACE country other than Germany: 120 EUR.

Wednesday-Friday: For participants of the above categories, this course is sponsored by the PRACE PATC program, i.e., there are no course fees if you register only for Wednesday-Friday.

Performance aspects and advanced topics of scientific programming with Fortran are discussed throughout all chapters, i.e., on all days of this course. Therefore, it is strongly recommended to visit all days, even though only 3 days are sponsored by the PRACE PATC project (due to limited resources within this project).

For all other participants (Mo-Fri), this course is an HLRS course with the following fees:

  • Students without master’s degree or equivalent at a university outside of EU, EU-associated or PRACE countries: 40 EUR.
  • PhD students or employees at a university or public research institute outside of EU, EU-associated or PRACE countries: 360 EUR.
  • Other participants, e.g., from industry, other public service providers, or government: 960 EUR.

Link to the EU and EU-associated (Horizon Europe), and PRACE countries.

Our course fees include coffee breaks (in classroom courses only).


Lorenzo Zanon phone 0711 685 63824, zanon(at)


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.

This course is a PATC course, see also the PRACE Training Portal and Events. For participants from public research institutions in PRACE countries, the course fee is sponsored through the PRACE PATC program.

HLRS is also member of the Baden-Württemberg initiative bwHPC. This course is also provided within the framework of the bwHPC training program.

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See the training overview and the Supercomputing Academy pages.

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