Nbody data formats

Mon, 10 Oct 1994 14:31:09 +0100 (MET)

Hi Nbody,
in my view a fundamental parameter of Nbody data formats
is IO speed. This becomes more essential as CPUs learn to handle
larger numbers of particles. Binary formats are therefore
better than ascii in that respect. We need tests comparing
IO speed for FITS tables and raw binary files, then we
can decide. Hierarchical data structures are probably too
complex as a data exchange format.

Marc Balcells