Advanced Data Format (ADF): A Portable Hierarchical Database 985565
Advanced Data Format (ADF) is a portable hierarchical database software library developed by The Boeing Company under contract with NASA  and with assistance from industry partners. ADF was designed and built to directly support the CFD General Notation System (CGNS1) project. The CGNS project defines conventions and supplies software to facilitate the exchange of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) data between sites and between applications, and it allows stable archiving of CFD data. CGNS is implemented on the ADF foundation and is focused on the needs of the CFD community.
This paper details the design, implementation, use, and future direction of ADF.