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.

For additional conference information, see here

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
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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