Feeds

Facebook gamers drop great membase on open sourcers

Very sophisticated users sought

Boost IT visibility and business value

The NoSQL database that powers Facebook's popular FarmVille and Café World games is being released as a public open-source project.

Zynga (the games' creator), NoSQL start-up NorthScale, and Korean games portal NHN have announced the membase open-source project at Membase.org, under an Apache 2.0 license. All three have contributed code.

The project uses code from NorthScale's Membase Server that's been providing data management for Zynga's popular Facebook games since December, and that's also been released today for testing as a beta. Membase is an elastic key value NoSQL database tuned for web-scale performance.

NorthScale claims Membase crunches 500,000 database operations per second, serving 235 million unique visitors each month playing FarmVille and CafeWorld on "hundreds" of Facebook servers.

James Phillips, NorthScale's senior vice president of products, told The Reg the hope is that other IT companies and users will contribute to membase.

The roadmap includes adding queryability index support and the ability to deploy membase across multiple data centers. Phillips said: "We hope this will be viewed as an available service and people will contribute – those are the conversations we are having.

"Users able to support themselves are typically very sophisticated users - they find problems and fixes for problems in the software - that ultimately ends up maturing the software."

He also expects making the membase code available for free will attract organizations that don't want to pay for NorthScale's Membase Server or who don't necessarily feel they need to have a vendor sanding behind the membase product, providing support.

There's little difference in features between the project and the server product, something that will continue for the near to mid-term.

Membase is is compatible with Memcached and designed to provide a simple and fast way to store data used in highly active web apps. Membase provides a caching system for temporary storage and eliminates the need to store and replicate data.

Phillips claimed Membase is suitable for all companies with big web operations, not just the Zyngas and Facebooks. These could include banks with millions of customers accessing online account information and other services that need low latency and high throughput that can't be delivered by a traditional relational database. ®

Boost IT visibility and business value

More from The Register

next story
NO MORE ALL CAPS and other pleasures of Visual Studio 14
Unpicking a packed preview that breaks down ASP.NET
KDE releases ice-cream coloured Plasma 5 just in time for summer
Melty but refreshing - popular rival to Mint's Cinnamon's still a work in progress
Leaked Windows Phone 8.1 Update specs tease details of Nokia's next mobes
New screen sizes, dual SIMs, voice over LTE, and more
Secure microkernel that uses maths to be 'bug free' goes open source
Hacker-repelling, drone-protecting code will soon be yours to tweak as you see fit
Mozilla keeps its Beard, hopes anti-gay marriage troubles are now over
Plenty on new CEO's todo list – starting with Firefox's slipping grasp
Apple: We'll unleash OS X Yosemite beta on the MASSES on 24 July
Starting today, regular fanbois will be guinea pigs, it tells Reg
HIDDEN packet sniffer spy tech in MILLIONS of iPhones, iPads – expert
Don't panic though – Apple's backdoor is not wide open to all, guru tells us
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Backing up Big Data
Solving backup challenges and “protect everything from everywhere,” as we move into the era of big data management and the adoption of BYOD.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.