MapD’s GPU-powered database is now open source

MapD’s GPU-powered database is now open source

By | May 29th, 2017
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Horizontal-scaling and high-availability features are still for-pay only,

but MapD wants its number-crunching platform to be integral to data science


MapD, creator of a GPU-accelerated database that scales both up and out, has open-sourced its core technology.

As announced in a press release and blog post, the core database and its “associated visualization libraries” are available under the Apache 2.0 license. But enterprise-level features like the high availability, LDAP, ODBC, and horizontal scaling functionality—many of which debuted in the 3.0 version released earlier this month—will be kept close to the chest.

Of the key pieces being open-sourced, the first and most crucial is the MapD Core Database, since it includes the basic bits needed to perform SQL processing on however many GPUs are available from a single server.

Mostak maintained that even a single node outfitted with multiple GPUs can provide enterprise-class performance.

However, developers may be irked that initial Core Database releases are for Linux and MacOS, and there’s currently no official build instructions for Microsoft Windows. Mostak stated that most of MapD’s customers are on Linux, so any near-term port to Windows would have to be a community effort.


Nisheeth Bhakuni