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Subject:  Re: FORTRAN??? Date:  1/30/2013  2:21 PM
Author:  telegraph Number:  40544 of 90939

* I have been having a running argument with the numerical jocks about this. I say, based on years of experience, that I can write hand-crafted assembler code that will beat anything produced by an optimizing Fortran compiler. The boys next door think I'm nuts, and swear by their compilers. Someday we will have to stage a contest to see who is right. "

You are probably right, but your hand-crafted assembler code will likely be for one machine, and likely be for a very specific task. Change any parameter and you have to change your 'hand-crafted' code.

Why don't you, in your spare time, just write the entire LINPACK test your hand-crafted assembler?

OH..don't have 10,000 man years...well, that's likely the problem.

You'd probably get it to run even faster if you went to computer system machine language, too!

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