Open Source Big Data analytics accelerator in use at Bank of Communications, Hulu, Huawei, SAIC Motor, Zhejiang Mobile, among others.

Forest Hill, MD –1 May 2017– 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® CarbonData™ 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 CarbonData is an indexed columnar store file format for fast analytics on Big Data platforms (including Apache Hadoop, Apache Spark, among others) to help speed up queries an order of magnitude faster over petabytes of data.

"We are very proud to complete the incubation process and graduate as an Apache Top-Level Project," said Liang Chen, Vice President of Apache CarbonData. "The CarbonData community grew rapidly over last ten months, both in terms of size and diversity. Since entering the Apache Incubator, we have completed 4 releases, and exceeded 90 contributors from 10 different organizations."

With the aim of using a unified file format to satisfy all kinds of data analysis cases, Apache CarbonData seamlessly integrates with Hadoop and Spark to improve Big Data analysis efficiency. In benchmarks, CarbonData's faster interactive query helps in speeding up queries approximately 10x faster than standard column-oriented SQL on Hadoop data stores.

Highlights include:

  • Unique data organization to allow faster filtering and better compression;
  • Multi-level Indexing to enable faster search and speeding up query processing;
  • Deep Apache Spark Integration for dataframe + SQL compliance;
  • Advanced push down optimization to minimize the amount of data being read processed, converted, transmitted, and shuffled;
  • Efficient compression and global encoding schemes to further improve aggregation query performance;
  • Dictionary encoding for reduced storage space and faster processing; and
  • Data update + delete support using standard SQL syntax.

Apache CarbonData is in use at an array of organizations, including Bank of Communications, medical/pharma social platform DXY, Hulu, Huawei, group online retailer MEITUAN, SAIC Motor, Zhejiang Mobile, among others.

"CarbonData has very good performance as a ‘SQL on Hadoop’ solution," said Tan Sheng, Director of SAIC Motor’s Big Data team. "It is suitable for SAIC Motor to adopt as a central Big Data platform component. Not only do we use Apache CarbonData, we also actively participate in its community as contributors." 

"Apache CarbonData is great, as helped our audit business to improve 7-10X performance based on 14 billion rows of data," said Wei Zhao, Senior Engineer at Bank of Communications.

"Apache CarbonData is very suitable for our filter query cases, and has averaged 20x improvement on performance," said William Zhu, Architecture team member at DXY. "And, as CarbonData supports data update and delete, this feature is very useful. We would consider CarbonData as our all-in-one solution to unify all analysis data."

CarbonData was first developed at Huawei in 2013. The project was submitted to the Apache Incubator in June 2016, and had its first official release two months later. The project won top honors in the BlackDuck 2016 Open Source Rookies of the Year's Big Data category.

"Apache CarbonData is a great example of the value of the incubation process," said Jean-Baptiste Onofré, Apache CarbonData Incubator Mentor and Project Management Committee member. "Helping grow the CarbonData developer and user communities has increased our visibility, which allowed us to extend our use cases and tests, and gather new ideas. The initial CarbonData committers did (and are still doing) great work to welcome new users and contributors, clearly understanding it's a step forward for the project."

"We will continue to put our efforts towards optimizing data format efficiency for Big Data ecosystem and provide an unified and high performance data storage solution," added Liang. "The Apache CarbonData community welcomes interested contributors to work with us on our journey forward."

Catch Apache CarbonData in action at ApacheCon (16-18 May/Miami), and Spark Summit (5-7 June/San Francisco).

Availability and Oversight
Apache CarbonData 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 CarbonData, visit , , and

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