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From Sally Khudairi ...@apache.org>
Subject The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache® TinkerPop™ as a Top-Level Project
Date Mon, 23 May 2016 09:56:50 GMT
>> this announcement is available online at https://s.apache.org/V7gl

Powerful Open Source Big Data graph computing framework in use at Amazon, DataStax, and IBM,
among others. 

Forest Hill, MD –23 May 2016– 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® TinkerPop™ 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 TinkerPop is a graph computing framework that provides developers the tools required
to build modern graph applications in any application domain and at any scale. 

"Graph databases and mainstream interest in graph applications have seen tremendous growth
in recent years," said Stephen Mallette, Vice President of Apache TinkerPop. "Since its inception
in 2009, TinkerPop has been helping to promote that growth with its Open Source graph technology
stack. We are excited to now do this same work as a top-level project within the Apache Software

As a graph computing framework for both real-time, transactional graph databases (OLTP) and
and batch analytic graph processors (OLAP), TinkerPop is useful for working with small graphs
that fit within the confines of a single machine, as well as massive graphs that can only
exist partitioned and distributed across a multi-machine compute cluster. 

TinkerPop unifies these highly varied graph system models, giving developers less to learn,
faster time to development, and less risk associated with both scaling their system and avoiding
vendor lock-in. 

The Power to Process One Trillion Edges 
The central component to Apache TinkerPop is Gremlin, a graph traversal machine and language,
which makes it possible to write complex queries (called traversals) that can execute either
as real-time OLTP queries, analytic OLAP queries, or a hybrid of the two. 
Because the Gremlin language is separate from the Gremlin machine, TinkerPop serves as a foundation
for any query language to work against any TinkerPop-enabled system. Much like the Java virtual
machine is host to Java, Groovy, Scala, Clojure, and the like, the Gremlin traversal machine
is already host to Gremlin, SPARQL, SQL, and various host language embeddings in Python, JavaScript,
etc. Once a language is compiled to a Gremlin traversal, the Gremlin machine can evaluate
it against a graph database or processor. Instantly, languages such as SPARQL can execute
across a one thousand node cluster for long running analytic jobs touching large parts of
the graph or sub-second queries within a small neighborhood. 

Apache TinkerPop is in use at organizations such as DataStax and IBM, among many others. Amazon.com
is currently using TinkerPop and Gremlin to process its order fullfillment graph which contains
approximately one trillion edges. 

The core Apache TinkerPop release provides production-ready, reference implementations of
a number of different data systems including Neo4j (OLTP), Apache Giraph (OLAP), Apache Spark
(OLAP), and Apache Hadoop (OLAP). However, the bulk of the implementations are maintained
within the larger TinkerPop ecosystem. These implementations include commercial and Open Source
graph databases and processors, Gremlin language variants for various programming languages
on and off the Java Virtual Machine, visualization applications for graph analysis and many
other tools and libraries. The TinkerPop ecosystem is richly supported with many options for
developers to choose from. 

TinkerPop originated in 2009 at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. After two major releases
(TinkerPop1 in 2011 and TinkerPop2 in 2012), the project was submitted to the Apache Incubator
in January 2015. 

"Following in a long line of Apache projects that revolutionized entire industries, starting
with with the Apache HTTP Server, continuing with Web Services, search, and Big Data technologies,
Apache TinkerPop will no doubt reshape the Graph Computing landscape," said Hadrian Zbarcea,
co-Vice President of ASF Fundraising and Incubator Mentor of Apache TinkerPop. "While TinkerPop
has just graduated as an ASF Top Level Project, it is already seven years old, a mature technology,
backed by a number of vendors, a vibrant community, and absolutely brilliant developers."

The project welcomes those interested in contributing to Apache TinkerPop. For more information,
visit http://tinkerpop.apache.org/docs/3.2.0-incubating/dev/developer/#_contributing 

Availability and Oversight 
Apache TinkerPop 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
downloads, documentation, and ways to become involved with Apache TinkerPop, visit http://tinkerpop.apache.org/
and https://twitter.com/apachetinkerpop 

About the Apache Incubator 
The Apache Incubator is the entry path for projects and codebases wishing to become part of
the efforts at The Apache Software Foundation. All code donations from external organizations
and existing external projects wishing to join the ASF enter through the Incubator to: 1)
ensure all donations are in accordance with the ASF legal standards; and 2) develop new communities
that adhere to our guiding principles. Incubation is required of all newly accepted projects
until a further review indicates that the infrastructure, communications, and decision making
process have stabilized in a manner consistent with other successful ASF projects. While incubation
status is not necessarily a reflection of the completeness or stability of the code, it does
indicate that the project has yet to be fully endorsed by the ASF. For more information, visit

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 550 individual Members
and 5,300 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 Alibaba Cloud Computing, ARM, Bloomberg, Budget Direct, Cerner, Cloudera,
Comcast, Confluent, Facebook, Google, Hortonworks, HP, Huawei, IBM, InMotion Hosting, iSigma,
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Serenata Flowers, WANdisco, and Yahoo. For more information, visit http://www.apache.org/
and https://twitter.com/TheASF 

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