Title: F2PY: a tool for connecting Fortran and Python programs

Authors: Pearu Peterson

Addresses: Centre for Nonlinear Studies, Institute of Cybernetics at Tallinn Technical University, Akadeemia tee 21, 12918 Tallinn, Estonia

Abstract: In this paper we tackle the problem of connecting low-level Fortran programs to high-level Python programs. The difficulties of mixed language programming between Fortran and C are resolved in an almost compiler and platform independent way. We provide a polished software tool F2PY that can (semi-)automatically build interfaces between the Python and Fortran languages and hence almost completely hide the difficulties from the target user: a research scientist who develops a computer model using a high-performance scripting approach.

Keywords: high-performance scripting; Fortran; Python; code generation; F2PY; mixed language programming.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCSE.2009.029165

International Journal of Computational Science and Engineering, 2009 Vol.4 No.4, pp.296 - 305

Published online: 08 Nov 2009 *

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