- FRAMES 1.x
- FRAMES 2.x
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All specifications, also known as Primary Data Communication Files (PDCF), will have similar structural components but different specific content. The PDCF that any individual module generates is integrated into a 'global' PDCF containing all like (PDCF) data from other modules. To make the reading of the PDCF more efficient, markers are used to identify the unique dataset for a particular module. A marker consists of the module name and the number of lines in the subsequent dataset. These markers must be accounted for when reading the global PDCF but are not included in a module's output PDCF. Embedding markers and line counts is the function of the PDCF integration process only. Each module's dataset will have a heading area and data area. The content of the heading area is defined by each module/code developer and gives general information on the code and analysis represented by the current file. Information included here would be variable (or nothing); however, as a minimum, the following is recommended:
- Identification of the module/code used to generate the file.
- Identification of the analyst responsible for generation of the file.
- Date of file generation and last modification.
- Description of the situation being modeled by the data in the file.
- Descriptive information giving basic assumptions of the analysis, with key differences between related analyses.
The first line of a dataset will contain a numerical value (integer) indicating the number of lines that follow devoted to the heading information. The second part of the file starts after the end of the heading information.
The extension is used to distinguish what information is contained in the file.
FRAMES organizes the PDCF into three types: System, Database and Boundary Conditions. The PDCFs currently incorporated into FRAMES are listed below. Click on each to view a description and example.
|DES - Model Description File||DSC - Project Description File|
|GID - Global Input Data File||REF - Reference File|
|ERR - Error File||MSG - Message File|
|WRN - Warning File|
These files are held within the GID file.