XML for formatting (Re: Environment monitoring)

Joachim Worringen joachim at ccrl-nece.de
Fri Oct 17 04:23:46 EDT 2003

Donald Becker:
> More directly related concepts are
>    XDR, part of SunRPC
>    MPI packed data

Hmm, as you note below, they both do not describe the data they handle, just 
transform in into a uniform representation. 

>    Object brokers
> all of which are trying to solve similar problem.  But, except for a few
> of the "object broker" systems, they don't have the metadata language to
> translate between domains.  For instance, you can't take MPI packed data
> and
>    automatically convert it to (useful) XML,
>    pass it to an object broker system, or
>    call a non-MPI remote procedure

You might want to check HDF5, or for a simpler yet widely used approach, 
NetCDF. They are self-describing file formats. But as you can send everything 
via the net the same way you access it in a file, this should be useful. 


Joachim Worringen - NEC C&C research lab St.Augustin
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