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There are two groups in the HDF5 file depicted above: Vis and Viz and SimOut. Under the Viz group are a variety of images and a table that is shared with the SimOut group. The SimOut group contains a 3-dimensional array, a 2-dimensional array and a link to a 2-dimensional array in another HDF5 file.


Attributes can optionally be associated with HDF5 objects. They have two parts: a name and a value. Attributes are accessed by opening the object that they are attached to so are not independent objects. Typically an attribute is small in size and contains user metadata about the object that it is attached to.


To create an integer attribute in C, you must create the dataspace, create the attribute, write to it and then close it in separate steps:

hid_t       attribute_id, dataspace_id;  /* identifiers */

hsize_t     dims;

int         attr_data[2];

herr_t      status;


/* Initialize the attribute data. */

attr_data[0] = 100;

attr_data[1] = 200;


/* Create the data space for the attribute. */


dataspace_id = H5Screate_simple(1, &dims, NULL);


/* Create a dataset attribute. */

attribute_id = H5Acreate2 (dataset_id, "Units", H5T_STD_I32BE,

                           dataspace_id, H5P_DEFAULT, H5P_DEFAULT);


/* Write the attribute data. */

status = H5Awrite(attribute_id, H5T_NATIVE_INT, attr_data);


/* Close the attribute. */

status = H5Aclose(attribute_id);


/* Close the dataspace. */

status = H5Sclose(dataspace_id);