Information about HDF5 can be found on the HDF5 website. From the HDF5 home page:
"HDF5 is a data model, library, and file format for storing and managing data. It supports an unlimited variety of datatypes, and is designed for flexible and efficient I/O and for high volume and complex data. HDF5 is portable and is extensible, allowing applications to evolve in their use of HDF5. The HDF5 Technology suite includes tools and applications for managing, manipulating, viewing, and analyzing data in the HDF5 format. "
The HDF5 technology suite includes:
The HDF5 source code is available from the HDF5 website referenced above. You may want to check there for recent updates.
Untar the HDF5 package:
tar -xvzf hdf5-1.8.10.tar.gz cd hdf5-1.8.10
HDF5 can be configured for parallel use and with Fortran interfaces and debugging symbols:
env CC=mpicc FC=mpif90 CXX=mpicxx LDFLAGS=-lnuma ./configure --enable-fortran --enable-fortran2003 --enable-production --enable-unsupported --enable-parallel --enable-cxx --with-zlib --with-szlib --prefix=/usr/local
Build the code:
make >& make.log make test >& make_test.log
Finally, install the results.
sudo make install
The code can be compiled with experimental C++ bindings by adding CXX=mpiCC and ‑‑enable-cxx to the configure line as shown above. With C++ enabled, the C++ tfile test may fail in some earlier versions on HDF5. This is a failure in the test harness rather then the C++ file I/O functions.