A High Level Interface to the HDF5 File Format

Anders Henja and Daniel B. Michelson
Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute
SE-601 76 Norrköping

HL-HDF is a high level interface to the Heirarchical Data Format, version 5, developed and maintained by the HDF group at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. HDF5 is a file format designed for maximum flexibility and efficiency and it makes use of modern software technology. HDF5 sports such fundamental characteristics as platform independence and efficient built-in compression, and it can be used to store virtually any kind of scientific data. HL-HDF is designed to focus on selected HDF5 functionality and make it available to users at a high level of abstraction to facilitate data management. This distribution contains HL-HDF source code and associated documentation. The first version also comes prebuilt for a multitude of platforms. HL-HDF also contains an interface to the Python programming language, called PyHL. "Release" 717 was part of a poster presentation at the First European Conference on Radar Meteorology (ERAD), held in Bologna, Italy, between 4-8 September, 2000. The software is also a contribution to COST Action 717 "Use of Radar Observations in Hydrological and NWP Models". HL-HDF was developed as a pilot project financed by SMHI.

NOTE: HL-HDF was designed for C and Python but has also been found to be almost compliant with ANSI C++. Future releases might be fully ANSI C++ compliant, which could require adjustments to applications using HL-HDF.

The contents of this distribution are:
current The latest HL-HDF release.
doc The HL-HDF documentation in PDF, HTML and XHTML formats.
prev-releases Previous HL-HDF releases.
Copyright Copyright notices.

Last updated: 2008-03-28