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ITL Hosts BLAS Technical Forum

November 1998

ITL's Mathematical and Computational Sciences Division hosted a meeting of the BLAS Technical Forum in Gaithersburg on October 8-9. The forum is a consortium of industrial, academic and government partners who are developing interface standards for Basic Linear Algebra Subprograms (BLAS). The major aim of these standards is to enable linear algebra libraries to interoperate efficiently and easily. Obtaining high performance for core linear algebra operations is important since these form the performance-critical portion of many numeric applications. The BLAS for dense matrix operations in Fortran, which were developed by researchers in the 1980s, have been widely adopted by commercial software and hardware manufacturers. Subgroups within the forum are addressing extensions into new areas such as sparse matrices and extended precision arithmetic, as well as alternate language bindings for the legacy BLAS. The forum is chaired by Professor Jack Dongarrra of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Roldan Pozo of NIST chairs the subcommittee on sparse BLAS.

The October meeting was attended by about 20 individuals, including representatives from Intel, Hewlett-Packard, Tera, NAG, Inc., Bell Labs, NIST, the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, the University of California at Berkeley and Florida Tech.

(bullet) Roldan Pozo (NIST/MCSD)
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