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Dremel-Based Project Accepted As Apache Incubator 45

itwbennett writes "The technology behind Google's BigQuery analytics as a service is based on the company's in-house ad hoc query system called Dremel that can store and search trillion-row datasets without the complexity and batch limitations of Hadoop. Today, Hadoop vendor MapR announced a new open source iteration of Dremel called Drill, which is now an incubation project with the Apache Softare Foundation. First up for the Apache Drill project: getting a consensus on Drill's APIs so that other vendors can work with it, says project leader Tomer Shiran."
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Dremel-Based Project Accepted As Apache Incubator

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  • Gutted (Score:5, Funny)

    by Tselakus ( 926061 ) on Friday August 17, 2012 @03:40AM (#41021049)
    I was really looking forward to seeing how they had managed to use a dremel to make birthing aparatus for apache gunships - imagine my dissapointment :(
  • Can't seem to find any code/documentaion or anything downloadable,
    And they alrgedly have something working.

  • by EvilBudMan ( 588716 ) on Friday August 17, 2012 @10:00AM (#41023133) Journal

    Why isn't anyone on topic with this? Who cares what the name is? It's a case of knowing that we can do something, but my question is should we? Should an open source project want to reduce privacy even more so than it is now? Ask yourself that because I read the article and that along with face recognition in Facebook is taking the advertising stuff a little further than what I would think it needs to go to be useful.

    • Names are important. Would a Dremel by any other name drill so straight? (Perhaps, but you have to prove it.) Also, an open-source clone of the Dremel hardware tool would be way cooler than what this actually is.
  • by istartedi ( 132515 ) on Friday August 17, 2012 @11:06AM (#41023969) Journal

    I was all excited to think there was a startup that would exploit the Dremel in some interesting way. Affordable machining and DIY numericly controlled tools came to mind.

    Then I read the summary and found out it was yet another badly named web technology that will be forgotten in a few years.

  • by dave562 ( 969951 ) on Friday August 17, 2012 @12:18PM (#41024727) Journal

    According to the wiki, they are trying to reproduce Google's internal Dremel tool, while at the same time extending it to support a multitude of query languages. Not only do they want to reproduce something that took Google who knows how many years of developer time to create, they also want to extend it.

    I wish them the best. Dremel seems like a very valuable tool. I can think of a couple use cases for it today. Google offers access to it via an API, but the problem with that is that the data has to be sent to Google. I am not in the position to send Google terabytes of highly sensitive and confidential data.

You can measure a programmer's perspective by noting his attitude on the continuing viability of FORTRAN. -- Alan Perlis