Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Franz (+ Lisp Graph) Tech Corner - July 2015



In this issue


Allegro CL - Beta v10 - Program in process, runs until July 31
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ACL 10.0 New Features

  1. Parallel Global Garbage Collection
  2. New Payback Analysis for optimized Global Garbage Collection
  3. Precise Garbage Collection of stack slots for fast memory recycling
  4. Touchscreen and Alpha blending in Common Graphics
  5. API generator builds Lisp interface functions from information in Java class libraries
  6. Source Level debugging improvements
  7. Plus over 700 enhancements and updates
Users interested in becoming beta testers should contact info@franz.com for more information.


451 Research Group Covers Franz
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Franz pitches 'semantic data lakes' to combine linked data and Hadoop

The company might be best known for the semantic Web applications of its AllegroGraph database, but it sees an opportunity to help enterprises make sense of their data stored in Hadoop with what it is calling 'semantic data lakes.'
To read more, see here


Bloor Research Positions AllegroGraph as a "Champion"
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May 5, 2015 Franz, Inc., the leading supplier of Semantic Graph Database technology, today announced its flagship product, AllegroGraph, has been named a Champion by Bloor Research in its recent Graph Database Market Update report. AllegroGraph is a high performance Semantic Graph Database that enables analytics by leveraging the W3C industry standards.Graph databases are skyrocketing in popularity and have grown by 400% in the past two years, according to a recent DBMS ranking by DB-Engines...


Join us at the Smart Data and NoSQL Now! Conferences
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Franz Inc.’s CEO, Dr. Jans Aasman, will present at the 2015 NoQL Now! conference this August in San Jose, CA. The fifth annual NoSQL Now! Conference is the largest vendor-neutral forum focused on NoSQL (Not Only SQL) technologies. The conference is intended for every enterprise looking for better, faster and cheaper solutions to manage its growing databases and data stores. The topic of his talk will be "Spark and SPARQL for the Intelligent Data Lake".
He will also be presenting at the colocated Smart Data Conference. The Smart Data Conference is designed to accommodate all levels of technical understanding, and brings together emerging disciplines that are focused on more intelligent information gathering and analysis. The topic of his talk will be "Healthcare Analytics with a Smart Data Lake".


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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Franz (+ Lisp Graph) Tech Corner - April 2015



In this issue


Allegro CL 10.0 - Call for Beta Testers
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ACL 10.0 New Features

  1. Parallel Global Garbage Collection
  2. New Payback Analysis for optimized Global Garbage Collection
  3. Precise Garbage Collection of stack slots for fast memory recycling
  4. Touchscreen and Alpha blending in Common Graphics
  5. API generator builds Lisp interface functions from information in Java class libraries
  6. Source Level debugging improvements
  7. Plus over 700 enhancements and updates
Users interested in becoming beta testers should contact info@franz.com for more information.


Franz Senior Scientist, Ahmon Dancy to Present at the 2015 European Lisp Symposium in London, UK
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Franz Senior Scientist, Ahmon Dancy will be presenting "Escaping the Heap" - 12:30, April 21 at the 2015 European Lisp Symposium in London.
Common Lisp implementations provide great automatic memory management of data structures. These data structures are allocated from a memory area called the "heap". However, there are times when heap allocation is inadequate to satisfy the needs of the application. For example, sometimes data structures need to be persistent or shareable amongst separate processes. In these cases, alternatives to using the heap must be considered.
In his talk, Ahmon will explore the motivations for out-of-heap data structures. He will discuss some of the out-of-heap data structures that we've created in the course of developing our database product, such as lists, hash tables, and arrays. He will describe the tools and mechanisms that we used to implement them, including memory-mapped files, foreign structs, aligned pointers and direct memory accesses. Finally Ahmon will discuss the downsides of out-of-heap data structures and the constant struggle between abstractions and performance.
For additional information, see here


Press Release: Franz, Inc. Announces Allegro NFS Server v6.0
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April 2, 2015 Franz, Inc. today announces the availability of version 6.0 of its NFS Server for Windows, the market leader for NFS Server products. "Allegro NFS Server for Windows was inspired by our dissatisfaction with current free and commercial NFS servers available on the market and the incredible technical difficulties we faced in configuring them on Windows", states Franz's CEO Jans Aasman. Allegro NFS Server for Windows was designed for all current versions of the Windows operating system, and is very easy and flexible to configure.

Allegro NFS has become a standard for many Fortune 500 customers such as:
  • Boeing
  • Teledyne
  • Disney
  • Raytheon
  • NASA
  • Philips
  • Siemens
  • IBM
  • Alcoa
  • Dupont
  • GE
  • Xerox
  • Ericsson
  • Seagate
  • US Department of Defence
To view the entire press release, see here


European Lisp Symposium, April 20-21, Goldsmiths University, London, UK
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The purpose of the European Lisp Symposium is to provide a forum for the discussion and dissemination of all aspects of design, implementationand application of any of the Lisp and Lisp-inspired dialects, including Common Lisp, Scheme, Emacs Lisp, AutoLisp, ISLISP, Dylan, Clojure, ACL2, ECMAScript, Racket, SKILL, Hop and so on. We encourage everyone interested in Lisp to participate.



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Press Release: Franz Receives 2015 Best Semantic Graph Database Award
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March 10, 2015 Franz Inc. has been selected for the 2015 Best of Oakland Award in the Graph Database Technologies category by the Oakland Award Program.
Each year, the Oakland Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their business category. Interest in Graph Databases exploded in 2014, according to DB-engines.com. Franz Inc. is a leader in this sector and well positioned to capitalize on the momentum in this market going into 2015.


To view the entire press release, see here


Recorded Webcast: Maximizing New Multi-dimensional Indexing for Complex Location Aware Applications with AllegroGraph v5.0
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With the recent release of AllegroGraph v5.0's unique multi-dimensional indexing capabilities, Data Scientists are better able to answer complex, real world questions which today require the fusion of data in many dimensions.
AllegroGraph was the first Graph Database to offer advanced temporal and geospatial libraries. With this latest release, AllegroGraph again leads the industry in advanced event based data processing for customers in healthcare, telecom, agriculture, financial and intelligence applications. Although the industries are diverse, these AllegroGraph customers are driven by a common need to better answer complex, real world questions which today require the fusion of data in many dimensions.
Watch this webcast to learn more about optimizing multidimensional queries like the following: 
Which geographic areas with an altitude greater than 500m and less than 2500m had a reduction in crop yield in August and which also had high humidity for at least 5 consecutive days in the month of April.
To view this webcast, see here


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Lisp Programming Series Level II: Specialized Components of Lisp - May 6, 13, and 20
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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Franz (+ Lisp Graph) Tech Corner - February 2015



In this issue


Announcing AllegroGraph 5.0
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AllegroGraph 5.0 delivers a New 3D and multi-dimensional geospatial functionality.
AllegroGraph has long supported two-dimensional encoding in both spherical and Cartesian systems. The 5.0 release includes a new implementation called nD for "N-Dimensional". It has powerful new capabilities, a simpler, more intuitive API, and automates some of the setup tasks for geospatial.
Although the term geospatial refers specifically to positions on or around the earth's surface, AllegroGraph supports a more-general notion of n-dimensional ordinates systems that could be used in fields such as semiconductor manufacturing and biology, to name a couple.
Additional New features include:
  • Update to new Sesame 2.7.x transactional semantics
  • Update to new Apache Jena v2.6.x
  • WebView query page enhancements: display of execution time and abort options
  • SPARQL v1.1 support for Geospatial, Temporal, and Social Network Analytics
  • The server supports new optional specific transaction "begin"
  • Improved support for encrypted client connections
  • Query Engine optimizations
  • Support for Top Braid Composer 4.5
For additional information, see here


Free Webcast: Maximizing New Multi-dimensional Indexing for Complex Location Aware Applications with AllegroGraph v5.0
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Wednesday, February 25, 10:00 AM Pacific

With the recent release of AllegroGraph v5.0's unique multi-dimensional indexing capabilities, Data Scientists are better able to answer complex, real world questions which today require the fusion of data in many dimensions.
AllegroGraph was the first Graph Database to offer advanced temporal and geospatial libraries. With this latest release, AllegroGraph again leads the industry in advanced event based data processing for customers in healthcare, telecom, agriculture, financial and intelligence applications. Although the industries are diverse, these AllegroGraph customers are driven by a common need to better answer complex, real world questions which today require the fusion of data in many dimensions.
Join us for this webcast to learn more about optimizing multidimensional queries like the following: 
Which geographic areas with an altitude greater than 500m and less than 2500m had a reduction in crop yield in August and which also had high humidity for at least 5 consecutive days in the month of April.


Press Release: AllegroGraph 5.0 Unveils New Multi-dimensional Indexing for Complex Location Aware Applications
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February 9, 2015 Franz, Inc., the leading supplier of Semantic Graph Database technology, today announced AllegroGraph 5.0 with unique multi-dimensional indexing capabilities. Data Scientists can think of these new multi-dimensional indices as similar to OLAP data cubes or HyperCubes but with the powerful dynamic data linking of a Graph Database.
AllegroGraph was the first Graph Database to offer advanced temporal and geospatial libraries. With this latest release AllegroGraph again leads the industry with multi-dimensional event based data processing for solutions across a diverse customer base including; healthcare, telecom, agriculture, financial and intelligence applications. Although the industries are diverse, AllegroGraph users are driven by a common need to better answer complex, real world questions which today require the fusion of data in many dimensions...

To view the entire press release, see here


Press Release: Franz Inc. Chief Scientist John Foderaro part of the UC-Berkeley RISC team receiving IEEE Milestone Recognition
IEEEFebruary 2, 2015 UC-Berkeley will receive IEEE Milestone recognition for their RISC Project on Feb 12, 2015. The UC-Berkeley RISC milestone plaque will be unveiled at 3:30 PM in the lobby on the 3rd floor of Soda Hall, Berkeley's Computer Science building. Speakers will include IEEE 2015 President Howard Michel, Professor David Patterson, and several others. UC-Berkeley students designed and built the first VLSI reduced instruction-set computer in 1981...
Read the full press release here


European Lisp Symposium, April 20-21, Goldsmiths University, London, UK
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The purpose of the European Lisp Symposium is to provide a forum for the discussion and dissemination of all aspects of design, implementationand application of any of the Lisp and Lisp-inspired dialects, including Common Lisp, Scheme, Emacs Lisp, AutoLisp, ISLISP, Dylan, Clojure, ACL2, ECMAScript, Racket, SKILL, Hop and so on. We encourage everyone interested in Lisp to participate.
Submission Deadline: February 22
Early Registration Deadline: March 29

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Gruff v5.7 - Now Available!
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New Features include:
  • Blank nodes will now be included in the set of recently-accessed nodes to refetch in future sessions.
  • The new option "Visual Graph Options | Node and Link Spacing | Show All Alignment" can be toggled on to show all of the nodes in the graph that are currently aligned with each other.
  • The two new options "Relax Syntax When Loading Triples" and "Continue on Error When Loading Triples" on the Miscellaneous child menu of the Global Options menu allow loading n-triples and n-quads file that contain invalid RDF syntax on some lines.
  • A sometimes bad delay has been removed in the displaying of results in the query view after the query itself is done.
  • "File | Roll Back and Refresh" is now applicable when browsing a SPARQL endpoint.
  • "Display | Display Some Sample Triples" should no longer display zero triples for some stores, and should generally display a more interesting set of triples than before.
  • You can now move the selected node in the graph view and graphical query view by single pixels by holding down the control key and pressing the arrow keys. Holding down the shift key as well moves by twelve pixels each time instead of by one.
  • You can now cancel the dialog for opening a store without the previous store being closed.
  • Numerous Enhancements and Optimizations

See the full list of new features and improvements in the release notes


"Insider Threat Detection" - Webcast recording, Slides, Technical paper now available
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Insiders are one of the top categories of data breaches according to recent reports by the FBI, Forrester Research and Verizon. In just the last year, high profile data breaches at Target, AT&T, and Morgan Stanley show that no organization is immune and all organizations must take steps to identify and protect themselves from insider threats.
In this webcast, Haystax describes an analytic approach that enables the continuous risk monitoring of insider threat based on the fusion of high and low frequency entity-related events via temporal relevance models and a probabilistic risk model. Haystax begins by providing an overview of their approach and the challenges faced when integrating events of widely disparate frequency. Next, they describe two forms of event temporal relevance they use to enable the model to fuse infrequent events (e.g. public records life events) with high frequency events (e.g. network activity). Finally, Haystax describes how they've used Franz's Allegro Common Lisp, Allegro Prolog, and AllegroGraph, with Norsys Netica to create a practical implementation of our analytic approach suitable for practical use.
The recorded webcast, slides, and technical paper are available here


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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Franz (+ Lisp Graph) Tech Corner - January 2015


Lisp Tech Corner News
January, 2015

In this issue

Haystax presents: Advanced Analytic Techniques for Insider Threat Detection (using Lisp, Prolog, and AllegroGraph)
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Wednesday, January 21, 10:00 AM Pacific

Insiders are one of the top categories of data breaches according to recent reports by the FBI, Forrester Research and Verizon. In just the last year, high profile data breaches at Target, AT&T, and Morgan Stanley show that no organization is immune and all organizations must take steps to identify and protect themselves from insider threats.
In this webinar Haystax describes an analytic approach that enables the continuous risk monitoring of insider threat based on the fusion of high and low frequency entity-related events via temporal relevance models and a probabilistic risk model. Haystax begins by providing an overview of their approach and the challenges faced when integrating events of widely disparate frequency. Next, they describe two forms of event temporal relevance they use to enable the model to fuse infrequent events (e.g. public records life events) with high frequency events (e.g. network activity). Finally, Haystax describes how they've used Franz's Allegro Common Lisp, Allegro Prolog, and AllegroGraph, with Norsys Netica to create a practical implementation of our analytic approach suitable for practical use.
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Tech Corner Article: Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) Update and a useful script when using EC2
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There was an update to the Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) API for Allegro CL 9.0 released in late 2014. The documentation, EC2.htm, describes the update, which mostly involves using Version 4 signing. The linked tech corner article briefly discusses the update and then shows a program which can be used to tell how much using EC2 will cost you. (The progam can be run as a script on UNIX platforms or as a Lisp program.) You are shown where you must make modifications based on your system. The article is here.

Read the full Tech Corner Article here

Haystax and Franz Inc. Partner to Deliver Insider Threat Detection Solutions
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Haystax Technology, Inc., and Franz Inc., announced a technology partnership that will enable Haystax to leverage Franz's AllegroGraph technology for patented algorithms and sophisticated behavior models used in Haystax's insider threat detection solutions. Haystax's solutions, which are being rapidly adopted by the U.S. government and Fortune 500 companies, are more advanced than traditional rules-based and brute-force processing approaches in identifying the types of risks and the potential impact of their actions that individuals pose to an organization.

To view the entire press release, see here.

EcoCyc: Encyclopedia of E. coli Genes and Metabolism
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EcoCyc, a member of the BioCyc Database Collectiontarget blank image., is a bioinformatics database that describes the genome and the biochemical machinery of Escherichia coli K-12 MG1655. The long-term project goal is to facilitate a system-level understanding of E. coli by cataloguing the cell's molecular components and their functions. EcoCyc is an electronic reference source for biologists who work with E. coli and related microorganisms.
The EcoCyc websitetarget blank image. supports comparative analyses of multiple E. coli strains and analysis of high-throughput data.
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Gruff v5.6 - Now Available
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New Features include:
  • Enhanced SPARQL Endpoint Functionality
  • Dragging a node in the graph view will now snap it into alignment with other nearby nodes whenever it is nearly aligned. This makes it easier to exactly align nodes with each other horizontally or vertically, to look as good as possible for presentation. See the new option "Visual Graph Options | Node and Link Spacing | Snap Alignment Resolution" and its sibling "Snap Alignment Reach". This can be disabled by setting the resolution to zero.
  • The new command "Link | Display Non-Leaf Linked Nodes" is similar to "Link | Display Linked Nodes for the Current Predicates", but it avoids displaying any new nodes that would be leaf nodes if they were displayed. This is basically a much faster version of displaying paths between each pair of a group of highlighted nodes (or from the selected node to other displayed nodes) for paths that are up to two links long (or three links for smaller stores).
  • Efficiency improvements were made for "Link | Display Linked Nodes for the Current Predicates" (the F command).
  • The new command "Select | Highlight All Nodes" facilitates applying a command to all nodes when it's a command that works on all highligted nodes.
  • The positioning of link labels in the graph view has been improved somewhat, including sometimes stacking individual words of the label along the link line.
  • The dialogs for opening or creating a store have a new Scheme widget where you can specify HTTPS if the AllegroGraph server is configured to require secure transactions.
  • Numerous Enhancements and Optimizations

See the full list of new features and improvements in the release notes

AllegroCache v3.0 Now Available!

New features in v3.0

  • SMP Optimized -- perform simultaneous operations on index btrees
  • Compressed Indexes -- reduces database size by up to 50%
  • Regex Cursors -- efficiently match string values against regular expressions
Read the press release heretarget blank image.
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AllegroGraph v5.0 Coming Soon!
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AllegroGraph will deliver a New 3D and multi-dimensional geospatial functionality.
AllegroGraph has long supported two-dimensional encoding in both spherical and Cartesian systems. The 5.0 release includes a new implementation called nD for "N-Dimensional". It has powerful new capabilities, a simpler, more intuitive API, and automates some of the setup tasks for geospatial.
Although the term geospatial refers specifically to positions on or around the earth's surface, AllegroGraph supports a more-general notion of n-dimensional ordinates systems that could be used in fields such as semiconductor manufacturing and biology, to name a couple.
Additional New features include:
  • Update to new Sesame 2.7.x transactional semantics
  • Update to new Apache Jena v2.6.x
  • The server supports new optional specific transaction "begin"
  • Improved support for encrypted client connections
  • WebView query page enhancements: display of execution time and abort options
  • Query Engine optimizations
  • Support for Top Braid Composer 4.6
If you are interested in receiving an early release, please send mail to sales@franz.com

European Lisp Symposium, April 20-21, Goldsmiths University, London, UK
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The purpose of the European Lisp Symposium is to provide a forum for the discussion and dissemination of all aspects of design, implementationand application of any of the Lisp and Lisp-inspired dialects, including Common Lisp, Scheme, Emacs Lisp, AutoLisp, ISLISP, Dylan, Clojure, ACL2, ECMAScript, Racket, SKILL, Hop and so on. We encourage everyone interested in Lisp to participate.
Submission Deadline: February 22
Early Registration Deadline: March 29

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Lisp Programming Series Level II: Specialized Components of Lisp - March 4, 11, 18
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