The Consultative Committee on Space Data Systems (CCSDS) has adopted
the extended-Rice algorithm for international standards for space
applications. Szip is reported to provide fast and effective
compression, specifically for the EOS data generated by the NASA
Earth Observatory System (EOS). It was originally developed at
University of New Mexico (UNM) and integrated with HDF4 by UNM
researchers and developers. It can be used for HDF 5 as well.