Powering Columnar In-Memory Analytics
Arrow is a set of technologies that enable big-data systems to process and move data fast.
Initial implementations include:
What's in the Arrow libraries?
The reference Arrow implementations contain a number of distinct software components:
- Columnar vector and table-like containers (similar to data frames) supporting flat or nested types
- Fast, language agnostic metadata messaging layer (using Google's Flatbuffers library)
- Reference-counted off-heap buffer memory management, for zero-copy memory sharing and handling memory-mapped files
- Low-overhead IO interfaces to files on disk, HDFS (C++ only)
- Self-describing binary wire formats (streaming and batch/file-like) for remote procedure calls (RPC) and interprocess communication (IPC)
- Integration tests for verifying binary compatibility between the implementations (e.g. sending data from Java to C++)
- Conversions to and from other in-memory data structures (e.g. Python's pandas library)
Even if you do not plan to contribute to Apache Arrow itself or Arrow integrations in other projects, we'd be happy to have you involved:
- Join the mailing list: send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Share your ideas and use cases for the project.
- Follow our activity on JIRA
- Learn the format
- Contribute code to one of the reference implementations
How to Contribute
We prefer to receive contributions in the form of GitHub pull requests. Please send pull requests against the github.com/apache/arrow repository.
If you are looking for some ideas on what to contribute, check out the JIRA issues for the Apache Arrow project. Comment on the issue and/or contact email@example.com with your questions and ideas.
If you’d like to report a bug but don’t have time to fix it, you can still post it on JIRA, or email the mailing list firstname.lastname@example.org
To contribute a patch:
- Break your work into small, single-purpose patches if possible. It’s much harder to merge in a large change with a lot of disjoint features.
- Create a JIRA for your patch on the Arrow Project JIRA.
- Submit the patch as a GitHub pull request against the master branch. For a tutorial, see the GitHub guides on forking a repo and sending a pull request. Prefix your pull request name with the JIRA name (ex: https://github.com/apache/arrow/pull/240).
- Make sure that your code passes the unit tests. You can find instructions how to run the unit tests for each Arrow component in its respective README file.
- Add new unit tests for your code.
Thank you in advance for your contributions!