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Scientific Programming
Volume 4 (1995), Issue 2, Pages 87-113

An Introduction to High Performance Fortran

John Merlin and Anthony Hey

Department of Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton, Southampton, S017 IBJ, UK

Received 12 November 1993; Accepted 12 November 1994

Copyright © 1995 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


High Performance Fortran (HPF) is an informal standard for extensions to Fortran 90 to assist its implementation on parallel architectures, particularly for data-parallel computation. Among other things, it includes directives for specifying data distribution across multiple memories, and concurrent execution features. This article provides a tutorial introduction to the main features of HPF.