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Today, Pivotal announced the creation of “Geode”, the new in-memory distributed database that will form the open source core of Pivotal GemFire.
It is my pleasure to announce the really fun part of this: the beginning of “Project Geode” – the community of users of and contributors to the Geode technology.
As part of this announcement, we stated that Pivotal has submitted a proposal to The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) to establish and incubate Project Geode through collaborative development.
The Project Geode community will remain in a fledgeling state until such time as ASF agrees to incubate the project. However, you can already participate today in the following areas:
In this early development stage of the Project Geode community, we are looking for early supporters and contributors to the Geode technology. We are conducting ramp up sessions for potential contributors to the code base. Geode source code is available today via a free evaluation license (registration as a PivNet user and EULA clickthrough are required).
Our hope is to start accepting direct code contribution according to the process established by ASF. Of course, while we all wait for ASF Incubator’s decision, there are many ways to support an open source software project beyond contributing code to the master branch. For Project Geode, here are some ways you can contribute today:
If you are interested in helping in any of these ways, and would consider doing so in the long run, we would love to get you onboard as part of our ASF incubation proposal for Project Geode. Hop on the ASF Incubator mailing list and let us know if you are interested!
Many of software technologies start the adolescent stage of their life as an open source project. What doesn’t happen very often is a donation of a large, mature code base to an open source foundation. The code for Geode was developed over 12 years, and consists of over 1 million lines of code.
What’s special about the heritage of the Geode code base are the amazing feats of scale and speed achieved by commercial users of Pivotal GemFire. Pivotal GemFire started as a high speed caching tool for a new generation of super fast financial services electronic trading systems. Customers include a large number of no-longer independent investment banks, large scale travel reservation systems, and online commerce sites.
Pivotal GemFire’s success with these large-scale, real-time data intensive applications has helped to define the market segment for in-memory data grids. inventing better ways to build mission-critical transactional consistency across nodes of a distributed cluster, companies across financial, travel and commerce sectors to create global scale, real-time applications. For instance, financial services company, NewEdge was able to build a global high performance financial trading post-processing platform.
Today, we are seeing Pivotal GemFire’s success extend to support the Internet of Things movement, extending its use to a wide variety of customers in many different industrial sectors. For example, at Mobile World Congress, Pivotal showcased some examples of Pivotal GemFire at work in the connected car demo.