NetCDF (Network Common Data Format) is a set of software libraries supporting machine-independent data file formats that are useful for accessing and sharing array-oriented scientific data.

Versions and Availability


Module Names for netcdf_fortran on smic
Machine Version Module Name
smic 4.2 netcdf_fortran/4.2/INTEL-140-MVAPICH2-2

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The information here is applicable to LSU HPC and LONI systems.



A user may choose between using /bin/bash and /bin/tcsh. Details about each shell follows.


System resource file: /etc/profile

When one access the shell, the following user files are read in if they exist (in order):

  1. ~/.bash_profile (anything sent to STDOUT or STDERR will cause things like rsync to break)
  2. ~/.bashrc (interactive login only)
  3. ~/.profile

When a user logs out of an interactive session, the file ~/.bash_logout is executed if it exists.

The default value of the environmental variable, PATH, is set automatically using SoftEnv. See below for more information.


The file ~/.cshrc is used to customize the user's environment if his login shell is /bin/tcsh.


Modules is a utility which helps users manage the complex business of setting up their shell environment in the face of potentially conflicting application versions and libraries.

Default Setup

When a user logs in, the system looks for a file named .modules in their home directory. This file contains module commands to set up the initial shell environment.

Viewing Available Modules

The command

$ module avail

displays a list of all the modules available. The list will look something like:

--- some stuff deleted ---

---------------- /usr/local/packages/Modules/modulefiles/admin -----------------
EasyBuild/1.11.1       GCC/4.9.0              INTEL-140-MPICH/3.1.1
EasyBuild/1.13.0       INTEL/14.0.2           INTEL-140-MVAPICH2/2.0
--- some stuff deleted ---

The module names take the form appname/version/compiler, providing the application name, the version, and information about how it was compiled (if needed).

Managing Modules

Besides avail, there are other basic module commands to use for manipulating the environment. These include:

add/load mod1 mod2 ... modn . . . Add modules
rm/unload mod1 mod2 ... modn  . . Remove modules
switch/swap mod . . . . . . . . . Switch or swap one module for another
display/show  . . . . . . . . . . List modules loaded in the environment
avail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . List available module names
whatis mod1 mod2 ... modn . . . . Describe listed modules

The -h option to module will list all available commands.

Module is currently available only on SuperMIC.


For clusters using module, use the module disp command to determine the location of the netcdf_fortran path and then add it to your build options:

$ module disp netcdf_fortran/4.2/INTEL-140-MVAPICH2-2.0

module-whatis    Description: NetCDF (network Common Data Form) is a set of software libraries 
 and machine-independent data formats that support the creation, access, and sharing of array-oriented 
  scientific data. - Homepage: 
  conflict   netcdf_fortran 
. . .  
  setenv         LHPC_ROOTNETCDF_FORTRAN /usr/local/packages/netcdf_fortran/4.2/INTEL-140-MVAPICH2-2.0 
  setenv         LHPC_VERSIONNETCDF_FORTRAN 4.2 
  setenv         LHPC_DEVELNETCDF_FORTRAN /usr/local/packages/netcdf_fortran/4.2/INTEL-140-MVAPICH2-2.0/easybuild/netcdf_fortran-4.2-INTEL-140-MVAPICH2-2.0-easybuild-devel 
. . .
libnetcdff.a  pkgconfig

The libraries are used at link time by the compiler, so the following options could be used:

   -L${LHPC_ROOTNETCDF}/lib -lnetcdff

Please refer to the documentation in Resources for a discussion of the API and how to choose the correct library.


Last modified: August 22 2017 15:10:53.