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Bug#599747: ITP: SILO -- A mesh and field I/O library and scientific database

Package: wnpp
Severity: wishlist
Owner: Alastair McKinstry <mckinstry@debian.org>

* Package name    : SILO
  Version         : 4.8
  Upstream Author : LLNL
* URL             : https://wci.llnl.gov/codes/silo/
* License         : BSD (3-clause)
  Programming Lang: C
  Description     : A mesh and field I/O library and scientific database

Silo is a library for reading and writing a wide variety of scientific data to binary, disk files. The files Silo produces and the data within them can 
be easily shared and exchanged between wholly independently developed applications running on disparate computing platforms. Consequently, Silo 
facilitates the development of general purpose tools for processing scientific data. One of the more popular tools that process Silo data files is the 
VisIt visualization tool.

Silo supports gridless (point) meshes, structured meshes, unstructured-zoo and unstructured-arbitrary-polyhedral meshes, block structured AMR meshes, 
constructive solid geometry (CSG) meshes, piecewise-constant (e.g. zone-centered) and piecewise-linear (e.g. node-centered) variables defined on the 
node, edge, face or volume elements of meshes as well as the decomposition of meshes into arbitrary subset hierarchies including materials and mixing 
materials. In addition, Silo supports a wide variety of other useful objects to address various scientific computing application needs. Although the 
Silo library is a serial library, it has some key features which enable it to be applied quite effectively and scalable in parallel.

Architecturally, the library is divided into two main pieces; an upper-level application programming interface (API) and a lower-level I/O 
implementation called a driver. Silo supports multiple I/O drivers, the two most common of which are the HDF5 (Hierarchical Data Format 5) and PDB 
(Portable Data Base) drivers. 

-- System Information:
Debian Release: 5.0.5
  APT prefers stable
  APT policy: (500, 'stable')
Architecture: powerpc (ppc)

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