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From Kostas Tzoumas <ktzou...@apache.org>
Subject Fwd: The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache™ Flink™ as a Top-Level Project
Date Mon, 12 Jan 2015 10:58:32 GMT
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From: *Sally Khudairi* <sk@apache.org>
Date: Monday, January 12, 2015
Subject: The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache™ Flink™ as a
Top-Level Project
To: Apache Announce List <announce@apache.org>

>> this announcement is available online at http://s.apache.org/YrZ

Open Source distributed Big Data system for expressive, declarative, and
efficient batch and streaming data processing and analysis

Forest Hill, MD –12 January 2015– The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the
all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open
Source projects and initiatives, announced today that Apache™ Flink™ has
graduated from the Apache Incubator to become a Top-Level Project (TLP),
signifying that the project's community and products have been
well-governed under the ASF's meritocratic process and principles.

Apache Flink is an Open Source distributed data analysis engine for batch
and streaming data. It offers programming APIs in Java and Scala, as well
as specialized APIs for graph processing, with more libraries in the making.

"I am very happy that the ASF has become the home for Flink," said Stephan
Ewen, Vice President of Apache Flink. "For a community-driven effort, I can
think of no better umbrella. It is great to see the project is maturing and
many new people are joining the community."

Flink uses a unique combination of streaming/pipelining and batch
processing techniques to create a platform that covers and unifies a broad
set of batch and streaming data analytics use cases. The project has put
significant efforts into making a system that runs reliably and fast in a
wide variety of scenarios. For that reason, Flink contained its own type
serialization, memory management, and cost-based query optimization
components from the early days of the project.

Apache Flink has its roots in the Stratosphere research project that
started in 2009 at TU Berlin together with the Berlin and later the
European data management communities, including HU Berlin, Hasso Plattner
Institute, KTH (Stockholm), ELTE (Budapest), and others. Several Flink
committers recently started data Artisans, a Berlin-based startup committed
to growing Flink both in code and community as 100% Open Source. More than
70 people have by now contributed to Flink.

"Becoming a Top-Level Project in such short time is a great milestone for
Flink and reflects the speed with which the community has been growing,"
said Kostas Tzoumas, co-founder and CEO of data Artisans. "The community is
currently working on some exciting new features that make Flink even more
powerful and accessible to a wider audience, and several companies around
the world are including Flink in their data infrastructure."

"We use Apache Flink as part of our production data infrastructure," said
Ijad Madisch, co-founder and CEO of ResearchGate. "We are happy all around
and excited that Flink provides us with the opportunity for even better
developer productivity and testability, especially for complex data flows.
It’s with good reason that Flink is now a top-level Apache project."

"I have been experimenting with Flink, and we are very excited to hear that
Flink is becoming a top-level Apache project," said Anders Arpteg,
Analytics Machine Learning Manager at Spotify.

Denis Arnaud, Head of Data Science Development of Travel Intelligence at
Amadeus said, "At Amadeus, we continually seek for better improvement in
our analytic platform and our experiments with Apache Flink for analytics
on our travel data show a lot of potential in the system for our production

"Flink was a pleasure to mentor as a new Apache project," said Alan Gates,
Apache Flink Incubator champion at the ASF, and architect/co-founder at
Hortonworks. "The Flink team learned The Apache Way very quickly. They
worked hard at being open in their decision making and including new
contributors. Those of us mentoring them just needed to point them in the
right direction and then let them get to work."

Availability and Oversight
As with all Apache products, Apache Flink software is released under the
Apache License v2.0, and is overseen by a self-selected team of active
contributors to the project. A Project Management Committee (PMC) guides
the Project's day-to-day operations, including community development and
product releases. For documentation and ways to become involved with Apache
Flink, visit http://flink.apache.org/ and @ApacheFlink on Twitter.

About The Apache Software Foundation (ASF)
Established in 1999, the all-volunteer Foundation oversees more than 350
leading Open Source projects, including Apache HTTP Server --the world's
most popular Web server software. Through the ASF's meritocratic process
known as "The Apache Way," more than 500 individual Members and 4,500
Committers successfully collaborate to develop freely available
enterprise-grade software, benefiting millions of users worldwide:
thousands of software solutions are distributed under the Apache License;
and the community actively participates in ASF mailing lists, mentoring
initiatives, and ApacheCon, the Foundation's official user conference,
trainings, and expo. The ASF is a US 501(c)(3) charitable organization,
funded by individual donations and corporate sponsors including Budget
Direct, Cerner, Citrix, Cloudera, Comcast, Facebook, Google, Hortonworks,
HP, Huawei, IBM, InMotion Hosting, iSigma, Matt Mullenweg, Microsoft,
Pivotal, Produban, WANdisco, and Yahoo. For more information, visit
http://www.apache.org/ or follow @TheASF on Twitter.

© The Apache Software Foundation. "Apache", "Apache Flink", "Flink",
ApacheCon", and the Apache Flink logo are trademarks of The Apache Software
Foundation. All other brands and trademarks are the property of their
respective owners.

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