I've heard a similar response when asking about the ability of LDM to
handle more than 30 feedtypes. One of the things that was mentioned was
that it would require a new architecture that would not be backwards
compatible with LDM 6.x, thus causing an impact to the community.
Seeing as how it has been over 10 years since the community moved from
LDM 5.x to LDM 6.x, I don't think it's unreasonable to ask the community
to move to a LDM 7.x platform which could potentially incorporate IPv6,
>30 feedtypes and possibly other benefits.
LDM was originally developed to support the university community. The
number of commercial and governmental entities that now use LDM and
other Unidata tools has grown rapidly in the last few years.
NWS/Raytheon has made LDM an integral part of AWIPS II, which puts the
developers at Unidata in a unique support situation. I encourage the
Unidata governing committees (Usercom and SAC, formerly Polcomm) to
explore ways to encourage the corporate and governmental members who
have joined this community to a play a greater role (either through
contributions of funding or programing expertise) so that improvements
to LDM and other Unidata tools may proceed at a more rapid rate.
Brendon Hoch, M.S.
Judd Gregg Meteorology Institute
MSC 48, Boyd Hall 321A
Plymouth State University
Plymouth, NH 03264
(603)535-2818 Fax: (603)535-2723