FORTRAN (an acronym for FORmula TRANslator) is
|“||the first widely used high-level programming language. Intended primarily for use in solving technical problems in mathematics, engineering, and science.||”|
Originally developed by IBM in the 1950s for scientific and engineering applications, FORTRAN came to dominate this area of programming early on and has been in continual use for over half a century in computationally intensive areas. It is one of the most popular languages in the area of high-performance computing and is the language used for programs that benchmark and rank the world's fastest supercomputers.
- ↑ U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Glossary of Computerized System and Software Development Technology 14 (Aug. 1995) (full-text).
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