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14 September 2011, 10:11

Lexis-Nexis finally releases source code to HPCC

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HPCC Systems, part of LexisNexis Risk Solutions, has finally made the source code to the HPCC (High Performance Computing Cluster) available, after announcing it would be open-sourced in June. The C++ source code, hosted on Github, is licensed under the AGPLv3 rather than the GPLv3 as originally planned and announced.

HPCC has two major components: Thor, which extracts data from unstructured or semi-structured "big data" sources and analyses it, and Roxie, which stores the results from Thor's processing in a form amenable to quick querying by client systems. The system is brought together with ECL, Enterprise Control Language, a data-centric language for controlling the cluster.

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Also available from HPCC Systems are pre-compiled beta versions of a "community edition" of HPCC for CentOS, Red Hat, Ubuntu and SUSE Linux. Contributors to the project will need to sign a contributor agreementPDF; although it requests copyright assignment, that can be withheld and HPCC Systems will instead accept an irrevocable licence to use contributions.


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