The State of Fortran

Laurence Kedward, Balint Aradi, Ondrej Certik, Milan Curcic, Sebastian Ehlert, Philipp Engel, Rohit Goswami, Michael Hirsch, Asdrubal Lozada-Blanco, Vincent Magnin, Arjen Markus, Emanuele Pagone, Ivan Pribec, Brad Richardson, Harris Snyder

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A community of developers has formed to modernize the Fortran ecosystem. In this article, we describe the high-level features of Fortran that continue to make it a good choice for scientists and engineers in the 21st century. Ongoing efforts include the development of a Fortran standard library and package manager, the fostering of a friendly and welcoming online community, improved compiler support, and language feature development. The lessons learned are common across contemporary programming languages and help reduce the learning curve and increase adoption of Fortran.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalComputing in Science and Engineering
StateAccepted/In press - 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • Arrays
  • Codes
  • Libraries
  • Parallel processing
  • Python
  • Standards
  • Syntactics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Engineering(all)


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