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HDF is a library and a multi-object file format that facilitates the transfer of various types of scientific data between machines and operating systems. There are two versions of HDF available at MSI, HDF4 and HDF5. The physical file formats of HDF4 and HDF5 are different.
NetCDF (network Common Data Form) is an interface for array-oriented data access and a library that provides an implementation of the interface. The netCDF library also defines a machine-independent format for representing scientific data.