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Russ mentioned that current netcdf efficiency could be improved: >... The performance of netCDF in some common applications relates >more to the stdio layer below XDR than to XDR: the buffering scheme of stdio >is not optimal for styles of access used by netCDF. We have evidence that >this can be fixed without abandoning XDR or the advantages of a single >external representation. Any plans to "fix" this? The VMS port has specific information on how this port could be speeded up (by going to a lower level io via qio's). The analogy for unix, I presume, would be to write ones own level of read/write calls directly. Obviously I don't expect this to be done for all platforms, just the ones we run on :-)