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Szip is a freeware portable general purpose lossless compression program. It has a high speed and compression, but high memory demands too.

The Szip library is now replaced by the aec library.

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Using Szip compression in HDF5: Szip is a stand-alone library that is configured as an optional filter in HDF5. Depending on which Szip library is used (encoder enabled or decode-only), an HDF5 application can create, write, and read datasets compressed with Szip compression, or can only read datasets compressed with Szip.