After five days (and eleven meetings) with new customers in Europe, Russia,
and the Middle East, I think time is right for another refinement of
in-memory computing's definition. To me, it is clear that our industry is
lagging when it comes to explaining in-memory computing to potential
customers and defining what in-memory computing is really about. We struggle
to come up with a simple, understandable definition of what in-memory
computing is all about, what problems it solves, and what uses are a good fit
for the technology.
In-Memory Computing: What Is It?
In-memory computing means using a type of middleware software that allows one
to store data in RAM, across a cluster of computers, and process it in
parallel. Consider operational datasets typically stored in a centralized
database which you can now store in "connected" RAM across multiple
computers. RAM, rou... (more)
In-Memory Technology Will Open the Doors to a Wave of Innovation
by Abe Kleinfeld and Nikita Ivanov
Gordon E. Moore's famously predicted tech explosion was prophetic, but it may
have hit a snag. While the number of transistors on integrated circuits has
doubled approximately every two years since his 1965 paper, the ability to
process and transact on data hasn't. We're now ingesting data faster than we
can make sense of it, leaving computing at an impasse. Without a new
approach, the innovation promised by the combination of Big Data and internet
scale may be like the flying car... (more)
A few months ago, I spoke at the conference where I explained the difference
between caching and an in-memory data grid. Today, having realized that many
people are also looking to better understand the difference between two major
categories in in-memory computing: In-Memory Database and In-Memory Data
Grid, I am sharing the succinct version of my thinking on this topic - thanks
to a recent analyst call that helped to put everything in place
Skip to conclusion to get the bottom line.
Let's clarify the naming and buzzwords first. In-Memory Database (IMDB) is a ... (more)
Today, we are proud to announce the first code drop of Apache Ignite, Apache
Ignite v1.0 RC (Release Candidate), available for download on the Apache
Ignite homepage. This is an exciting time for the project and the committers
have been working hard since November to reach this milestone. We commend
them all. Apache Ignite v1.0 RC not only carries forward the capabilities
formerly available as the open source edition of the GridGain In-Memory Data
Fabric, but now also boasts new ease-of-use and automation features,
simplifying the deployment of an in-memory data fabric and allowi... (more)
If you know anything about Hadoop architecture - the task seemed daunting to
us and it proved to be one of the most challenging engineering feat that we
have accomplished so far.
After almost 24 months of development, tens of thousands of lines of Java,
Scala and C++ code, multiple design iterations, several releases and dozens
of benchmarks later we have the product that can deliver real-time
performance to Hadoop with only minimal integration and no ETL required.
Backed-up by customer deployments that prove our performance claims and
validate our architecture.
Here's how we d... (more)