In today’s world, every aspect of engineering must handle data for design, building, testing, monitoring and use. Moreover, since engineering generally concerns itself with quality and reliability, it is important that engineering data be complete and accurate, and that engineering applications be able to perform reliably at whatever speed the environment demands.
It is this comprehensive set of requirements that makes HDF5 especially attractive for many fields of engineering.
Automotive and aerospace engineering applications provide excellent examples of the value of HDF5 for engineering applications. These fields require data acquisition and management solutions that can handle multiple streams of sensor data as well as a variety of metadata. They need to be able to stream data very quickly into a storage format that can then be easily analyzed, often in real time.