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> Furthermore there is no great advantage in parallelizing linear algebra

With all due respect, that is a ludicrous statement to make! Most nontrivial parallel scientific computing applications use parallel linear algebra of some sort.

> the main reason why scientists haven't moved away from FORTRAN is cultural

You can make that argument for Fortran vs C, not Fortran vs Matlab. Fortran is blazingly fast, and you dont have to pay an arm and a leg for a seat like with Matlab.




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