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Blueprints provides an implementation of the JUNG edu.uci.ics.jung.graph.Graph<Vertex, Edge> interface called com.tinkerpop.blueprints.pgm.oupl.jung.GraphJung.

The Java Universal Network/Graph Framework is a software library that provides a common and extensible language for the modeling, analysis, and visualization of data that can be represented as a graph or network. It is written in Java, which allows JUNG-based applications to make use of the extensive built-in capabilities of the Java API, as well as those of other existing third-party Java libraries. — JUNG Development Team

The benefits of GraphJung is that any application that is written to talk to a JUNG edu.uci.ics.jung.graph.Graph<Vertex, Edge> can now, indirectly, talk to a Blueprints com.tinkerpop.blueprints.pgm.Graph. Exciting applications include the use of the JUNG visualization and algorithms packages (see JUNG JavaDoc) over any Blueprints-enabled graph database/framework. An example use case involving the JUNG algorithms package is provided below.

Graph graph = ... // construct a particular Blueprints graph implementation
PageRank<Vertex,Edge> pageRank = new PageRank<Vertex, Edge>(new GraphJung(graph), 0.15d);
for (Vertex vertex : graph.getVertices()) {
  System.out.println("The PageRank score of " + vertex + " is: " + pageRank.getVertexScore(vertex));

For those interested in visualization, the visualization provided at the beginning of this page is done with the following.

public static void main(String[] args) {
  GraphJung graph = new GraphJung(TinkerGraphFactory.createTinkerGraph());
  Layout<Vertex, Edge> layout = new CircleLayout<Vertex, Edge>(graph);
  layout.setSize(new Dimension(300, 300));
  BasicVisualizationServer<Vertex, Edge> viz = new BasicVisualizationServer<Vertex, Edge>(layout);
  viz.setPreferredSize(new Dimension(350, 350));

  Transformer<Vertex, String> vertexLabelTransformer = new Transformer<Vertex, String>() {
    public String transform(Vertex vertex) {
      return (String) vertex.getProperty("name");

  Transformer<Edge, String> edgeLabelTransformer = new Transformer<Edge, String>() {
    public String transform(Edge edge) {
      return edge.getLabel();


  JFrame frame = new JFrame("TinkerPop");

NOTE: JUNG is a library that was developed for in-memory graph structures. As such, many of the aspects of its various classes are memory based. For instance, given the above PageRank example, the method pageRank.getVertexScore() is pulling from an in-memory Map<Vertex,Double> that contains the score for each vertex. If the number of vertices in the graph is large, then such in-memory structures will ultimately throw an OutOfMemoryError. As such, be wary of such situations when using GraphJung.

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