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Introduction to IMSL

(adapted from the BROWN.README file with the IMSL distribution)

  1. Description
  2. IMSL is one of the two major commercial scientific libraries in use around the world (the other one being NAg). It contains high quality, fully debugged and efficient code and can make one's life easier when it comes to coding.

    IMSL for Fortran and C is a comprehensive library of mathematical and statistical subroutines for engineering, scientific and general computational needs. It is supported on Unix workstations listed above, and the routines are Fortran- or C-callable.

    Exponent Graphics (EG) for Fortran and C is a colletion of graphics subroutines for data plotting in 2 and 3 dimensions. EG routines may be called from Fortran or from C. Interactive routines are available.

  3. Update Information
  4. IMSL (3.0) and EG (2.1) are updates to versions 2.0 and 1.2. They are backwardly compatible and have several new features:

  5. Getting Started
  6. With the $VNI_DIR directory accessible, set up aliases and environment variables by sourcing the setup file (it will determine your $MACH attribute and set flags accordingly). If you use IMSL regualarly, you can put the source statement in your login script. This script also sets the LM_LICENSE_FILE variable.

    Once the setup script has been sourced, you can use the environmental variables to compile your program. For IMSL relevant variables are

    So to compile the Fortran program myprog.f:
    	% $FC $FFLAGS $LINK_FNL_SHARED myprog.f
    and to compile the C program myprog.c:
    	% $CC $CFLAGS $LINK_CNL_SHARED myprog.c
    and the standard a.out executable will be created.

    For EG, the relevant variables are

    IMSL and EG can be mixed in your program; be sure to include alll relevant options, either with the sourced environmental variables or by hand. You can view the setup with the 'env' and the 'alias' commands.

  7. Documentation
  8. There is an extensive on-line Hypertext help facility for IMSL and for EG (for C and Fortran).

    To use the help facility, enter

    	% iptdoc     (this is an alias set by sourcing 'iptsetup.xx')
    and the main menu appears as a background process. Full descriptions of all routines are online, as well as sample programs, for IMSL and for EG. Because EG is a graphical library, the help facility has examples that show both the graphical plot and the source code in C and in f77. Sample programs are included for both IMSL and EG, and can be copied and pasted to a test file. The EG pages also have the reultant plots displayed; click on a sample plot to view the program that generated it.

    CAUTION: There is a bug in the Bristol Hypertext viewer; as you traverse the links, the previous page may not clear, leading to an overwrite. The workaround is to resize the window slightly (use the mouse on a corner of the window and drag it a least 1 pixel) which forces a redraw and cleans up the screen.

    Paper manuals are available for review at the CRC.