Support Boost for Velox Open Source Project by Ahana Promises Enhanced Data Management, Computation, and Processing

Ahana, the only SaaS for Presto on AWS seeking to become the SQL engine for Open Data Lakehouse, is announcing their bolstered support for the Velox Open Source Project, increasing engineer assignment and contributor involvement. Velox, created by Meta, is a C++ database acceleration library focused on enhancing data computation engines.

"Velox is poised to be another vibrant open source project created by Meta with significant industry impact. It caught our attention as it enables developers to build highly-efficient data processing engines," said Steven Mih, co-founder and CEO of Ahana. "It’s well understood that at Meta, there are diverse opportunities to improve data processing at scale, and, as a result, trailblazing innovations are developed. As data becomes central to every organization, we see many enterprise data teams facing similar challenges around consistency of diverse data systems, which Velox-based systems could solve. As a primary contributor from the start, we are furthering our commitment to grow a community of developers to collaboratively accelerate the project."

Velox’s abilities lie in its high-performance, reusable, extensible data processing components— integral to improving, accelerating, and extending data computation engines. The project’s roots are deep, being integrated with more than a dozen data systems at Meta, such as with Presto, Spark, and PyTorch. The significant contributors for Velox from Ahana include principal engineers Deepak Majeti, Aditi Pandit, and Ying Su.

“To our knowledge, Velox is a pioneer effort at unifying execution engines in a centralized open source library. Other than efficiency gains due to its state-of-art components, Velox also provides benefits in terms of increased consistency across big data engines, and by promoting reusability,” said Pedro Pedreira, software engineer at Meta. “We see Velox as an important step towards a more modular approach to architecting data management systems. Our long-term goal is to position Velox as a de-facto execution engine in the industry, following the path paved by Apache Arrow for columnar memory format. We are excited about the momentum the project is getting, and the engagement and partnership with Ahana’s engineers and other open source contributors."

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