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VersionHDF5 1.8.0
Release Date2008-02-12


Release NotesRelease Notes

Release Notes:

HDF5 version 1.8.0 released on Tue Feb 12 20:41:19 CST 2008


This document describes the differences between the HDF5-1.6.x release series
and HDF5 1.8.0, and contains information on the platforms tested and known 
problems in HDF5-1.8.0.  For more details, see the HISTORY-1_0-1_8_0_rc3.txt file in the 
release_docs/ directory of the HDF5 source.

Links to the HDF5 1.8.0 source code, documentation, and additional materials
can be found on the HDF5 web page at:

The HDF5 1.8.0 release can be obtained from:

User documentation for 1.8.0 can be accessed directly at this location:

New features in 1.8.0, including brief general descriptions of some new 
and modified APIs, are described in the "What's New in 1.8.0?" document:

All new and modified APIs are listed in detail in the "HDF5 Software Changes 
from Release to Release" document, in the section "Release 1.8.0 (current 
release) versus Release 1.6.x":

If you have any questions or comments, please send them to the HDF Help Desk:


- New Features
- Removed Feature
- Support for new platforms and languages
- Bug Fixes since HDF5-1.6.0
- Platforms Tested
- Supported Configuration Features Summary
- Known Problems

New Features

   HDF5 Release 1.8.0 is a major release with many changes and new features.

   New format and interface features discussed in the "What's New in 
   HDF5 1.8.0" document include the following:

       Enhanced group object management
       Enhanced attribute management and more efficient meta data handling
       Expanded datatype features
       Creation order tracking and indexing
       Improved meta data caching and cache control
       UTF-8 encoding
       New I/O filters: n-bit and scale+offset compression
       New link (H5L) and object (H5O) interfaces and features
       External and user-defined links
       New high-level APIs: 
           HDF5 Packet Table (H5PT) and HDF5 Dimension Scale (H5DS)
       C++ and Fortran interfaces for older high-level APIs:
           H5Lite (H5LT), H5Image (H5IM), and H5Table (H5TB)
       New and improved tools
       And more...

    New APIs associated with these features, other interface changes 
    (e.g., ENUM and struct definitions), and new library configuration flags
    are listed in the "Release 1.8.0 (current release) versus Release 1.6.x" 
    section of "HDF5 Software Changes from Release to Release."

    Many HDF5 users and user communities have existing applications that 
    they may wish to port to Release 1.8.0.  Alternatively, some users may 
    wish to take advantage of Release 1.8.0's improved performance without
    having to port such applications.  To facilitate managing application
    compatibility and porting applications from release to release, the HDF 
    Team has implemented the following features:
        Individually-configurable macros that selectively map common 
            interface names to the old and new interfaces
        Library configuration options to configure the macro mappings

    Two related documents accompany this release:
        "API Compatibility Macros in HDF5" discusses the specifics of the 
        new individually-configurable macros and library configuration 
        "New Features in HDF5 Release 1.8.0 and Backward/Forward Format
        Compatibility Issues" discusses each new feature with regard to 
        its impact on format compatibility.

Referenced documents
        "What's New in HDF5 1.8.0"
        The "Release 1.8.0 (current release) versus Release 1.6.x "
        section in "HDF5 Software Changes from Release to Release"
        "API Compatibility Macros in HDF5"
        "New Features in HDF5 Release 1.8.0 and Backward/Forward Format
        Compatibility Issues"

Removed Feature
The stream virtual file driver (H5FD_STREAM) have been removed in this 
release. This affects the functions H5Pset_fapl_stream and H5Pget_fapl_stream 
and the constant H5FD_STREAM.

This virtual file driver will be available at Note that at the time of this release, 
the transition is still in progress; the necessary integration tools may 
not be available when HDF5 Release 1.8.0 first comes out.

Support for New Platforms, Languages, and Compilers
    - Support for Open VMS 7.3 was added.

Bug Fixes since HDF5-1.6.0 
    This release contains numerous bug fixes. For details, see the 
    "Changes from 1.6.0 to 1.8.0-rc3" section of the HISTORY.txt file for
    this release.

Platforms Tested
The following platforms and compilers have been tested for for this release.

    AIX 5.2 (32/64 bit)           xlc
                                  xlC 8.0
                                  xlf 10.01.0000.0 

    FreeBSD 6.2-STABLE i386       gcc 3.4.6 [FreeBSD] 20060305
    (duty)                        g++ 3.4.6 [FreeBSD] 20060305
                                  gcc 4.2.1 20080123
                                  g++ 4.2.1 20080123
                                  gfortran 4.2.1 20070620

    FreeBSD 6.2-STABLE amd64      gcc 3.4.6 [FreeBSD] 20060305
    (liberty)                     g++ 3.4.6 [FreeBSD] 20060305
                                  gcc 4.2.1 20080123
                                  g++ 4.2.1 20080123
                                  gfortran 4.2.1 20080123

    IRIX64 6.5 (64 & n32)         MIPSpro cc 7.4.4m
                                  F90 MIPSpro 7.4.4m 
                                  C++ MIPSpro cc 7.4.4m

    Linux 2.6.9 (RHEL4)           Intel 10.0 compilers

    Linux 2.4.21-47               gcc 3.2.3 20030502

    Linux 2.6.9-42.0.10           gcc 3.4.6 20060404
    (kagiso)                      PGI 7.0-7 (pgcc, pgf90, pgCC)
                                  Intel 9.1 (icc, ifort, icpc)

    Linux x86_64 AMD    gcc 4.1.0 (SuSE Linux), g++ 4.1.0, 
    (smirom)                          g95 (GCC 4.0.3)
                                  PGI 6.2-5 (pgcc, pgf90, pgCC)
                                  Intel 9.1 (icc, iort, icpc)

    Linux 2.6.5-7.252.1-rtgfx #1  Intel(R) C++ Version 9.0
          SMP ia64                Intel(R) Fortran Itanium(R) Version 9.0 
    (cobalt)                      SGI MPI

    SunOS 5.8 32,46               Sun WorkShop 6 update 2 C 5.3
     (Solaris 2.8)                Sun WorkShop 6 update 2 Fortran 95 6.2
                                  Sun WorkShop 6 update 2 C++ 5.3

    SunOS 5.10                    cc: Sun C 5.8 
    (linew)                       f90: Sun Fortran 95 8.2 
                                  CC: Sun C++ 5.8 

    Xeon Linux 2.4.21-32.0.1.ELsmp-perfctr-lustre
    (tungsten)                    gcc 3.2.2 20030222
                                  Intel(R) C++ Version 9.0
                                  Intel(R) Fortran Compiler Version 9.0

    IA-64 Linux 2.4.21.SuSE_292.til1 ia64
    (NCSA tg-login)               gcc 3.2.2
                                  Intel(R) C++ Version 8.1
                                  Intel(R) Fortran Compiler Version 8.1

    Windows XP                    Visual Studio .NET
                                  Visual Studio 2005 w/ Intel Fortran 9.1
                                  Cygwin(native gcc compiler and g95)
                                  MinGW(native gcc compiler and g95)

    Windows XP x64                Visual Studio 2005 w/ Intel Fortran 9.1

    Windows Vista                 Visual Studio 2005

    MAC OS  10.4 (Intel)          gcc i686-apple-darwin8-gcc-4.0.1 (GCC) 4.0.1 
                                  G95 (GCC 4.0.3 (g95 0.91!) Nov 21 2006)

    Alpha Open VMS 7.3            Compaq C V6.5-001-48BCD
                                  HP Fortran V7.6-3276
                                  Compaq C++ V6.5-004

Supported Configuration Features Summary

    In the tables below
          y   = tested and supported
          n   = not supported or not tested in this release
          x   = not working in this release
          dna = does not apply
          ( ) = footnote appears below second table
          <blank> = testing incomplete on this feature or platform 

Platform                 C        F90    F90      C++   zlib  SZIP
                         parallel        parallel
SunOS5.8 64-bit          n        y      n        y     y     y
SunOS5.8 32-bit          n        y      n        y     y     y
SunOS5.10 64-bit         y(1)     y      n        y     y     y
SunOS5.10 32-bit         y(1)     y      n        y     y     y
IRIX64_6.5 64-bit        n        y      y        y     y     y
IRIX64_6.5 32-bit        n        n      n        n     y     y
AIX-5.2  32-bit          y        y      y        y     y     y
AIX-5.2  64-bit          y        y      y        y     y     y
Windows XP               n        y(15)  n(15)    y     y     y
Windows XP x64           n        y(15)  n(15)    y     y     y
Windows Vista            n        n      n        y     y     y
Mac OS X 10.4 PowerPC    n               n
Mac OS X 10.4 Intel      n        y      n        y     y     y
FreeBSD 4.11             n        n      n        y     y     y
RedHat EL3  W       (3)  y(1a)    y(10)  y(1a)    y     y     y
RedHat EL3  W Intel (3)  n        y      n        y     y     n
RedHat EL3  W PGI   (3)  n        y      n        y     y     n
SuSe x86_64 gcc  (3,12)  y(1a)    y(11)  n        y     y     y
SuSe x86_64 Int  (3,12)  n        y(13)  n        y     y     n
SuSe x86_64 PGI  (3,12)  n        y(8)   n        y     y     y
Linux 2.4 Xeon C 
    Lustre Intel  (3,6)  n        y      n        y     y     n
Linux 2.6 SuSE ia64 C 
    Intel         (3,7)  y        y      y        y     y     n
Linux 2.6 SGI Altix 
    ia64 Intel      (3)  y        y      y        y     y     y
Alpha OpenVMS 7.3.2      n        y      n        y     n     n

Platform                 Shared  Shared    Shared    static-  Thread-  
                         C libs  F90 libs  C++ libs  exec     safe     
Solaris2.8 64-bit        y       y         y         x        y        
Solaris2.8 32-bit        y       y         y         x        y        
Solaris2.10 64-bit       y                           x        y        
Solaris2.10 32-bit       y                           x        y        
IRIX64_6.5 64-bit        y       y         n         y        y        
IRIX64_6.5 32-bit        y       dna       y         y        y        
AIX-5.2 & 5.3 32-bit     n       n         n         y        n        
AIX-5.2 & 5.3 64-bit     n       n         n         y        n        
Windows XP               y       y(15)     y         y        y        
Windows XP x64           y       y(15)     y         y        y        
Windows Vista            y       n         n         y        y        
Mac OS X 10.3            y                           y        n        
FreeBSD 4.11             y       n         y         y        y        
RedHat EL3  W       (3)  y       y(10)     y         y        y        
RedHat EL3  W Intel (3)  y       y         y         y        n        
RedHat EL3  W PGI   (3)  y       y         y         y        n        
SuSe x86_64 W GNU (3,12) y       y         y         y        y        
SuSe x86_64 W Int (3,12) y       y         y         y(14)    n        
SuSe x86_64 W PGI (3,12) y       y         y         y(14)    n        
Linux 2.4 Xeon C 
    Lustre Intel    (6)  y       y         y         y        n        
Linux 2.4 SuSE 
    ia64 C Intel    (7)  y       y         y         y        n        
Linux 2.4 SGI Altix 
    ia64 Intel           y                           y        n        
Alpha OpenVMS 7.3.2      n       n         n         y        n        

    Notes: (1)  Using mpich 1.2.6.
           (1a) Using mpich2 1.0.6.
           (2)  Using mpt and mpich 1.2.6.
           (3)  Linux 2.6 with GNU, Intel, and PGI compilers, as indicated.  
                  W or C indicates workstation or cluster, respectively.

           (6)  Linux 2.4.21-32.0.1.  Xeon cluster with ELsmp_perfctr_lustre 
                  and Intel compilers
           (7)  Linux 2.4.21, SuSE_292.till.  Ia64 cluster with Intel compilers
           (8)  pgf90
           (9)  With Compaq Visual Fortran 6.6c compiler.
           (10) With PGI and Absoft compilers.
           (11) PGI and Intel compilers for both C and Fortran
           (12) AMD Opteron x86_64
           (13) ifort
           (14) Yes with C and Fortran, but not with C++
	   (15) Using Visual Studio 2005 or Cygwin
           (16) Not tested for this release.
    Compiler versions for each platform are listed in the preceding
    "Platforms Tested" table.

Known Problems
* We have discovered two problems when running collective IO parallel HDF5 
  tests with chunking storage on the ChaMPIon MPI compiler on tungsten, a 
  Linux cluster at NCSA.

  Under some complex selection cases: 
  1) MPI_Get_element returns the wrong value.
  2) MPI_Type_struct also generates the wrong derived datatype and corrupt 
     data may be generated.
  These issues arise only when turning on collective IO with chunking storage 
  with some complex selections. We have not found these problems on other 
  MPI-IO compilers. If you encounter these problems, you may use independent 
  IO instead.

  To avoid this behavior, change the following line in your code
      H5Pset_dxpl_mpio(xfer_plist, H5FD_MPIO_COLLECTIVE);

      H5Pset_dxpl_mpio(xfer_plist, H5FD_MPIO_INDEPENDENT);

  KY - 2007/08/24

* For SNL, spirit/liberty/thunderbird: The serial tests pass but parallel
  tests failed with MPI-IO file locking message. AKC - 2007/6/25

* On Intel 64 Linux cluster (RH 4, Linux 2.6.9) with Intel 10.0 compilers, 
  use -mp -O1 compilation flags to build the libraries. A higher level of 
  optimization causes failures in several HDF5 library tests. 

* For SNL, Red Storm: Only parallel HDF5 is supported.  The serial tests pass
  when run against the parallel library; the parallel tests also pass, but
  with lots of non-fatal error messages.

* For LLNL, uP: both serial and parallel tests pass.  
  Zeus: Serial tests pass but parallel tests fail with a known problem in MPI.
  ubgl: Serial tests pass but parallel tests fail. 

* On SUN 5.10 C++, testing fails in the "Testing Shared Datatypes with 
  Attributes" test. 

* Configuring with --enable-debug=all produces compiler errors on most
  platforms:  Users who want to run HDF5 in debug mode should use
  --enable-debug rather than --enable-debug=all to enable debugging
  information on most modules.

* On Mac OS 10.4, test/dt_arith.c has some errors in conversion from long
  double to (unsigned) long long and from (unsigned) long long to long double. 

* On Altix SGI with Intel 9.0, testmeta.c would not compile with -O3
  optimization flag.

* On VAX, the Scaleoffset filter is not supported. The filter cannot be 
  applied to HDF5 data generated on VAX. The Scaleoffset filter only supports 
  the IEEE standard for floating-point data.

* On Cray X1, a lone colon on the command line of h5dump --xml (as in
  the script) is misinterpereted by the operating system
  and causes an error.

* On mpich 1.2.5 and 1.2.6, if more than two processes contribute no IO and 
  the application asks to do collective IO, we have found that when using 4 
  processors, a simple collective write will sometimes be hung. This can be 
  verified with t_mpi test under testpar.

* On IRIX6.5, when the C compiler version is greater than 7.4, complicated
  MPI derived datatype code will work. However, the user should increase
  the value of the MPI_TYPE_MAX environment variable to some appropriate value 
  to use collective irregular selection code.  For example, the current 
  parallel HDF5 test needs to raise MPI_TYPE_MAX to 200,000 to pass the test. 

* A dataset created or rewritten with a v1.6.3 library or after cannot be read 
  with the v1.6.2 library or before when the Fletcher32 EDC filter is enabled.
  There was a bug in the calculating code of the Fletcher32 checksum in the 
  library before v1.6.3; the checksum value was not consistent between big-
  endian and little-endian systems.  This bug was fixed in Release 1.6.3.  
  However, after fixing the bug, the checksum value was no longer the same as 
  before on little-endian system.  Library releases after 1.6.4 can still read 
  datasets created or rewritten with an HDF5 library of v1.6.2 or before.  
  SLU - 2005/6/30

* For version 6 (6.02 and 6.04) of the Portland Group compiler on the AMD 
  Opteron processor, there is a bug in the compiler for optimization(-O2).  
  The library failed in several tests, all related to the MULTI driver.  
  The problem has been reported to the vendor.  

* On IBM AIX systems, parallel HDF5 mode will fail some tests with error
  messages like "INFO: 0031-XXX ...".  This is from the command `poe'.
  Set the environment variable MP_INFOLEVEL to 0 to minimize the messages
  and run the tests again.

  The tests may fail with messages like "The socket name is already in use",  
  but HDF5 does not use sockets.  This failure is due to problems with the 
  poe command trying to set up the debug socket.  To resolve this problem, 
  check to see whether there are many old /tmp/s.pedb.* files staying around.  
  These are sockets used by the poe command and left behind due to failed 
  commands.  First, ask your system administrator to clean them out.  
  Lastly, request IBM to provide a means to run poe without the debug socket.

* The --enable-static-exec configure flag fails to compile for Solaris
  platforms. This is due to the fact that not all of the system libraries on 
  Solaris are available in a static format.

  The --enable-static-exec configure flag also fails to correctly compile
  on IBM SP2 platform for the serial mode. The parallel mode works fine with 
  this option.
  It is suggested that you do not use this option on these platforms
  during configuration.

* With the gcc 2.95.2 compiler, HDF5 uses the `-ansi' flag during
  compilation. The ANSI version of the compiler complains about not being
  able to handle the `long long' datatype with the warning:

        warning: ANSI C does not support `long long'
  This warning is innocuous and can be safely ignored.

* The ./dsets tests fail on the TFLOPS machine if the test program,
  dsets.c, is compiled with the -O option.  The HDF5 library still works
  correctly with the -O option.  The test program works fine if it is
  compiled with -O1 or -O0.  Only -O (same as -O2) causes the test
  program to fail.

* Not all platforms behave correctly with Szip's shared libraries. Szip is
  disabled in these cases, and a message is relayed at configure time. Static
  libraries should be working on all systems that support Szip and should be
  used when shared libraries are unavailable. 

  There is also a configure error on Altix machines that incorrectly reports 
  when a version of Szip without an encoder is being used.

* On some platforms that use Intel and Absoft compilers to build the HDF5 
  Fortran library, compilation may fail for fortranlib_test.f90, fflush1.f90 
  and fflush2.f90 complaining about the exit subroutine. Comment out the line 
  IF (total_error .ne. 0) CALL exit (total_error).

* Information about building with PGI and Intel compilers is available in
  the INSTALL file sections 4.7 and 4.8.

* On at least one system, SDSC DataStar, the scheduler (in this case
  LoadLeveler) sends job status updates to standard error when you run 
  any executable that was compiled with the parallel compilers.

  This causes problems when running "make check" on parallel builds, as 
  many of the tool tests function by saving the output from test runs,
  and comparing it to an exemplar.  

  The best solution is to reconfigure the target system so it no longer
  inserts the extra text.  However, this may not be practical.

  In such cases, one solution is to "setenv HDF5_Make_Ignore yes" prior to 
  the configure and build.  This will cause "make check" to continue after 
  detecting errors in the tool tests.  However, in the case of SDSC DataStar,
  it also leaves you with some 150 "failed" tests to examine by hand.

  A second solution is to write a script to run serial tests and filter
  out the text added by the scheduler.  A sample script used on SDSC
  DataStar is given below, but you will probably have to customize it 
  for your installation.  

  Observe that the basic idea is to insert the script as the first item 
  on the command line which executes the the test.  The script then 
  executes the test and filters out the offending text before passing
  it on.


        set STDOUT_FILE=~/bin/serial_filter.stdout
        set STDERR_FILE=~/bin/serial_filter.stderr


        ($* > $STDOUT_FILE) >& $STDERR_FILE

        set RETURN_VALUE=$status

        cat $STDOUT_FILE

        tail +3 $STDERR_FILE

        exit $RETURN_VALUE

  You get the HDF5 make files and test scipts to execute your filter script
  by setting the environment variable "RUNSERIAL" to the full path of the 
  script prior to running configure for parallel builds.  Remember to 
  "unsetenv RUNSERIAL" before running configure for a serial build.

  Note that the RUNSERIAL environment variable exists so that we can 
  can prefix serial runs as necessary on the target system.  On DataStar,
  no prefix is necessary.  However on an MPICH system, the prefix might
  have to be set to something like "/usr/local/mpi/bin/mpirun -np 1" to
  get the serial tests to run at all.

  In such cases, you will have to include the regular prefix in your
  filter script.

* H5Ocopy() does not copy reg_ref attributes correctly when shared-message
  is turn on. The value of the reference in the destination attriubte is
  wrong. This H5Ocopy problem will affect the h5copy tool.

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