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This article is about the library for geometric data. For the e-book file format, see XMDF (E-book format).
Not to be confused with XDMF.
eXtensible Model Data Format
Initial release 2005
Latest release
(July 30, 2012)
Type of format scientific data format
Container for HDF5
Website http://www.xmdf.org

XMDF (eXtensible Model Data Format) is a library providing a standard format for the geometric data storage of river cross-sections, 2D/3D structured and unstructured meshes, geometric paths through space, and associated time data. XMDF uses HDF5 for cross-platform data storage and compression. It was initiated in Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) and developed at Brigham Young University. API includes interfaces for C/C++ and Fortran.

An overview of the format was published by the ERDC in 2007.[1] A binary format was chosen for the data in order to improve performance and data storage as compared with more traditional ASCII grids. The group considered both the NetCDF and HDF5 data formats, and chose HDF5 because it has more flexibility for data storage, compression and data mining. It also supports data folders and data structures, making it more customizable.

The modeling format is used by hydrologic modeling software such as TUFLOW.[2]

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  1. ^ Butler, Cary D., et al. eXtensible Model Data Format (XMDF). System-Wide water Resources Program. US Army Corps of Engineers. ERDC SR-07-1. January 2007. PDF
  2. ^ "TUFLOW – Flood and Coastal Simulation Software". BMT Limited.