Distributed caching is the tip of the spear for performance, yet Java does not have a standard API. JSR-107 has gained some notoriety over the years because its old yet not done. Given the increased demand for caching, it seems JSR-107 will finally see the light of day, and be part of Java EE 7. InfoQ caught up with Greg Luck, JSR-107 specification and Ehcache lead developer to discuss.
The new Read-Through and Write-Behind support in AppFabric 1.1 allow developers to improve performance while at the same time reduce the complexity of their applications. This is done by moving the logic for reading from and writing to the database into the caching server itself. Other improvements include lazy-loading of session state information and support for ASP.NET output caching.
VMware vFabric SQLFire is an in-memory distributed SQL-based cache which can work with a traditional database to persist data to disk.
Software AG, one of the leaders in the SOA and BPM market acquired San Francisco based Terracotta that is behind prominent open source products such as EhCache, Big Memory and Quartz. Terracotta products fill in the application performance and scalability needs for cloud based offerings from Software AG. In this article, InfoQ talks to Ari Zilka regarding the future of this acquisition.
Oracle has today released version 3.7 of Coherence, its distributed in-memory data grid. The new product introduces a feature called Elastic Data. According to Cameron Purdy, Vice President of Development for the Coherence product, this allows near memory speed access to data, regardless of storage medium.
Attribute Based Caching provides declarative method-level caching and cache invalidation for .NET applications. Attributes applied to a method specify how it should be cached with no additional code necessary.
DataStax unveiled Brisk, a new distribution that enhances the Hadoop and Hive platform with scalable low-latency data capabilities. This results in a single platform that can act as the low-latency database for extremely high-volume web and real-time applications while providing tightly coupled Hadoop and Hive analytics.
GlassFish Server 3.1 Supports JavaEE 6 Web Profile & Full Platform, Clustering and High Availability
The latest version of GlassFish application server supports JavaEE 6 Web Profile & Full Platform, improved OSGi support, clustering and high availability. Oracle recently released version 3.1 of commercial (Oracle GlassFish Server) and community (GlassFish Server Open Source Edition) versions of the server. New release also provides centralized administration and improved JDBC monitoring.
Yahoo recently announced and presented a redesign of the core map-reduce architecture for Hadoop to allow for easier upgrades, larger clusters, fast recovery, and to support programming paradigms in addition to Map-Reduce. The new design is quite similar to the open source Mesos cluster management project - both Yahoo and Mesos commented on the differences and opportunities.
The shape of the NoSQL landscape is changing. The first big market aggregation took place with the merger of Membase Inc. with CouchOne into Couchbase. InfoQ spoke with James Phillip and Damien Katz about the benefits of the merger and future products.
Since early 2008, researchers and technologists alike have been tantalized by the possibility of using DRAM to scale high-performance storage using In Memory Data Grids, IMDG. How has the discussion progressed since that time?
Ricky Ho revisited his three year old post on that question and realized that a lot had changed since then.
Ehcache BigMemory supports in-process off-heap cache to store large sets of data closer to the application. Terracotta last week announced the general availability of BigMemory module for Enterprise Ehcache product. InfoQ spoke with Ari Zilka about BigMemory features and its use cases.
Enterprise and Community Edition of Membase Server are publicly available from today from Membase Inc. (formerly NorthScale Inc.) the provider of the widely used Memcached Caching infrastructure.
Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 Suite is the latest HPC solution from Microsoft in the technical computing initiative called Modeling the World. Some of the new features include: workstations clusters, accessing the cloud, using SOA, services for Excel, and GPU support.