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Steve Sears
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Franz Announces AllegroGraph 64-Bit RDFStoreTM for Processing Billions of RDF Triples

Oakland, CA , March 1, 2006: Franz, Inc. today announced that it will officially release AllegroGraph 64-Bit RDFStore at the end of this month. AllegroGraph is a high-performance persistent triple store for saving and querying billions of RDF triples in almost "real-time".

The Semantic Web RDF standard from W3C is making increasing inroads into government, enterprises, bioinformatics, telecommunications, and other demanding arenas. Its simplicity and flexibility makes it suitable to represent any structured or unstructured knowledge (be it call data networks from telecom operators or intelligence data from Homeland Security). However, for real-world applications the number of RDF triples can easily grow into hundreds of millions or even billions, making it difficult to process efficiently with traditional tools such as relational or object databases.

Faced with this challenge, Franz used its 20+ years of experience with persistent dynamic object technology to engineer a massively scalable persistent triple store - AllegroGraph. AllegroGraph is unparalleled in its scalability and speed to load, store, and query data extremely fast, often an order of magnitude faster than other persistent solutions.

According to Dr. Jans Aasman, Head of Engineering at Franz, "As semantic technology starts moving from research labs to real-world applications, the size and complexity of the RDF data will explode exponentially. The current in-memory RDF systems are no longer applicable, and most persistent solutions are too slow or too limited in scale to be viable. AllegroGraph is the first persistent RDF Store to scale to billions of triples while maintaining a speed closer to that of in-memory solutions."

AllegroGraph has been integrated with RacerProTM, the acknowledged leader in OWL-DL reasoner, to enable high-level reasoning over the RDF knowledge base. It also includes an expressive query language, RDF Prolog, particularly suitable for reasoning, graph search and graph matching over an implicit RDF network. It can find semantic relations between RDF nodes automatically, using complex Prolog clauses with no speed degradation.

Franz Inc., (http://franz.com) based in Oakland, California, is the leading vendor of dynamic object-oriented development tools and object databases, featuring Allegro CL/CLOS, AllegroCache and AllegroGraph. Founded in 1984 and privately held, Franz Inc. has been serving customers worldwide with industry-leading technologies since its inception.

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