Welcome to HDF / netCDF

        Hello and welcome to the HDF / netCDF mailing list.  
NCSA has begun to investigate the task of adding a netCDF 
interface to the HDF file library.  This mailing list has 
been set up to discuss the project.  

        We have drawn up a preliminary design document for the
project, it can be anonymously ftp'ed from ftp.ncsa.uiuc.edu
in outgoing/chouck/design.ps   We would be greatly interested
in any comments you have on it.

        Our immediate plans call for the continued implementation
of a prototype based on the public domain netCDF code from 
Unidata.  The prototype is moving right along and we hope to 
have at least a Sun-based version that people can experiment
with in a few weeks.  (If people would like the initial version
of the prototype to run on other machines now would be a good
time to let us know.)

        In the near term, we also plan to begin soliciting
opinions on adding support for meshes to netCDF.  Our 
current working mesh data-model comes from the SILO project 
developed at Lawrence Livermore. We would like to send out
the details of the data model sometime in the coming weeks 
in order to see what people think about it.


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-Chris Houck
chouck@xxxxxxxxxxxxx