NAGnews 137

Posted on
11 Feb 2016

In this issue:


The Code Contributors - future proof your algorithmic code with the NAG Library


Collaboration is at the heart of NAG and the NAG Library, with hundreds of algorithms having been contributed by people all over the world. Last year we interviewed some past and present 'code contributors' to learn about the process and what it means to them.

The interviews feature in this piece, recently published in Scientific Computing. Today and in future NAGnews' we will feature snippets from the interviews to highlight this important element of the NAG Library and encourage future contribution and collaborations.

To start we hear why some of our code contributors chose the NAG Library and how donating affects them.

Maurice Cox, National Physical Laboratory, UK
I originally developed code for DASL, the NPL Data Approximation Subroutine Library, first of all in Algol and then FORTRAN. I decided to submit a number of items to the NAG Library, its stringent entry requirements benefited the software documentation and the test data sets immensely. That benefit ensued from the rigorous reviewing of my submissions by, mainly, Ian Gladwell. I used DASL a lot in my work and when subroutines were embedded in the NAG Library I used those as well or instead.

Rebecca Killick, Lecturer in Statistics, University of Lancaster
I chose to contribute to NAG because I believe in making my work as widely available as possible. I distribute my code via R but this isn't used by everyone so the opportunity to widen take up of my work by donating code to NAG is wonderful. There is no direct quantifiable benefit to me but it may increase citation counts.

Fred Hickernell, Professor, Illinois Institute of Technology
I think that it is important for good code to be widely available. At the same time, testing and maintaining code is a big job. NAG is well-situated to do both.

Klaus Schittkowski, Professor, University of Bayreuth
NAG is widely known especially in academia, but also in industry. Software becoming part of NAG might help to make the software and the author more visible.

If you'd like to learn more about contributing code to the NAG Library we would be delighted to hear from you. A list of NAG's many contributors can be seen here - would you like to belong to this group? Email us with thoughts or questions.


Eikon Appathon - NAG algorithms made available to students


NAG are delighted to be sponsoring the Eikon Appathon on 27 and 28 February. The Appathon challenge is to create an Eikon - App Studio app that utilizes computational intelligence to deliver exemplary value in the Energy, Weather and/or Commodities space. The winning team will have delivered a functional app providing unique insight drawing on multiple datasets and leveraging data science and visualization tools. NAG have made the NAG Library available to the students participating in the event and will be helping judge the results. We look forward to this exciting event!


TakeAIM: "Topic modelling - how to make a computer understand what it reads"


NAG was delighted to sponsor and help judge the TakeAIM competition, from the Smith Institute for Industrial Mathematics and System Engineering late in 2015. The latest winner was Georg Maierhofer, University of Cambridge for his work "Topic modelling - how to make a computer understand what it reads". Learn more about it here.


Professor Nick Higham made President-elect of SIAM


NAG extends congratulations to NAG Member and Collaborator, Professor Nick Higham, University of Manchester on his recent appointment as President-elect of SIAM.


Modern Fortran Training Courses: Oxford


NAG partner, FortranPlus, will be delivering two Modern Fortran training courses at NAG's Oxford office in February and March this year. Both courses are 5 days in length and comprise lectures and practical sessions. If you're interested in attending click on the course titles below for more information.

Introduction to Modern Fortran 15-19 February 2016

Advanced Modern Fortran 4-8 April 2016


Out & About with NAG


Come and see us at various conferences and events over the next few months.


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