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Converting ENDF libraries into relational format

Yuferov, Anatoliy

The article considers the issues of converting the ENDF format systems of constants to relational databases. This conversion can become one of the tools facilitating the development and operation of factual information, techniques and algorithms in the field of nuclear data and, therefore, increasing the efficiency of the corresponding computational codes. The work briefly examines an infological model of ENDF libraries. The possible structure of tables of the corresponding relational database is described. The proposed database schema and the form of tables take into account the presence of both single and multiple properties of the isotopes under consideration. Consideration is given to the difference in organizational requirements for transferring constants from relational tables to programs and performing a visual analysis of data in tables by a physicist-evaluator. The conversion algorithms and results are described for the ROSFOND-A and ENDF/B-VII.1 libraries. It is shown that performing calculations directly in the DBMS environment has its advantages in terms of simplifying programming and eliminating the need to solve a number of problems on data verification and validation. Possible approaches are indicated to ensure operation of inherited software together with nuclear data libraries in the relational format. Some terminological refinements are proposed to facilitate constructing an infological model for ENDF format. The conversion programs and the ENDF/B-VII.1 library in the relational format are available on a public site.

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