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Nasa runs competition to help make old Fortran code faster

Nasa is seeking help from coders to speed up the software it uses to design experimental aircraft.
It is running a competition that will share $55,000 (42,000) between the top two people who can make its FUN3D software run up to 10,000 times faster.
The FUN3D code is used to model how air flows around simulated aircraft in a supercomputer.

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Fortran (previously FORTRAN) is a general-purpose, imperative programming language that is especially suited to numeric computation and scientific computing.
The first manual for FORTRAN appeared on the 15 October 1956, with the first FORTRAN compiler delivered in April 1957.

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