IFIP Working Group 2.5 (Numerical Software)
In 1974 IFIP established the Working Group on "Numerical Software"
under the auspices of its
Technical Committee on "Programming" (now "Software: Theory and Practice").
The group started with 13 members and has since grown to a
membership of 29 full members and 24 affiliate members.
IFIP policy, members do not represent their countries, national
societies, or the like. The group's first chairmen were
James C. T. Pool (1974-1978),
Bo Einarsson (1978-1983),
John K. Reid (1983-1988),
L. D. Fosdick
Mladen A. Vouk
Margaret H Wright
(1997-2000), Ronald F Boisvert (2000-2012). The present chair is
The following mode of work has been established within WG 2.5:
- Working group meetings
The group meets roughly once a year
(39 meetings so far). At these meetings, areas of activity and the
proper means of achieving results are defined. Reports on current or
completed activities are given and discussed.
The Working Group has met in
The next meeting is scheduled for
Shanghai, China, August 2013.
Most activities take the form of projects. One or
several members of the group assume the responsibility to pursue a
given subject matter in collaboration with other scientists in the
field. Results of projects are either published through standard
channels or, in special cases, may take the form of an IFIP-document.
A web page describing these projects is now available.
- Working Conferences
This is a standard means of IFIP-activity:
50-70 experts meet to discuss and advance a narrow technical subject
area. The proceedings of a
appear as a book.
Last modified: July 5, 2012