The open-source data analytics engine developed in the context of Stratosphere, a project co-funded by EIT ICT Labs, has been accepted as a project for the Apache Incubator. Stratosphere is a Future Cloud Action Line-related project that was initiated by the TU (Technische Universität) Berlin in 2008. Among the contributors of Stratosphere are further EIT ICT Labs partners, such as SiCS, KTH, Inria, ELTE and Trento Rise, as well as Humboldt Universität Berlin, and Hasso Plattner Institute.
The proposal, accepted by the Incubator PMC members earlier last week, is the first step in the process of handing a project over to the Apache Software Foundation *). While under incubation, the project will move to the Apache infrastructure and adopt the community-driven development principles of the Apache Foundation.
Big data analysis with high velocity
Stratosphere is a specialized technology for big data analysis, used by startups, companies, and universities for big data projects. The system combines the strengths of MapReduce/Hadoop with powerful programming abstractions in Java and Scala, rich program optimization functionality, and a high performance runtime. The goal of Stratosphere is to enable the deep analysis of large, heterogeneous data sets with high velocity.
Several new business cases and activities around Stratosphere are currently in preparation in the context of Horizon 2020 by the EU, as well as national public-funded projects. Also in the context of Berlin Big Data Center, research will focus on declarative specification, automatic optimization, parallelization and hardware adaptation of advanced analysis algorithms.
A warm felicitation to the Stratosphere team!
*) About the Apache Software Foundation
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