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Infinispan 8.0.0.Alpha1

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Dear Infinispan community,

it is with great pleasure that we are announcing the release of Infinispan 8.0.0.Alpha1. This is the first release of Infinispan that requires Java 8 to compile and run. We have great plans in store for our Java 8 API, and this is the first step in getting there. Don’t worry, however: we intend to maintain backwards compatibility for both configuration and API.

This release brings some highly requested features:

  • the introduction of size-based eviction, i.e. the ability to set a maximum amount of heap used by a cache. Please note that this requires enabling storeAsBinary. This feature has only been tested with HotSpot, and other JVMs (e.g. IBM J9) will not behave as expected. We welcome any improvements you can give us to help with alternate JVMs.

  • the ability to run non-indexed queries on indexed data: this means that if you issue a query with predicates which involve non-indexed fields, Infinispan will still be able to execute the query. In the future we intend to also add support for hybrid queries, i.e. queries which can take advantage of indexed fields but which also need to discern on non-indexed ones.

  • and many many bugfixes, consult our issue tracker for a list of things we have fixed. 

We have also removed asynchronous marshalling which never worked quite right, and also imposed several limitations on applications. Good riddance !

Don’t forget to also check-out our roadmap to see the things we plan to get done during the 8.0 cycle.

Download it now and tell us what you think on our forums or come and meet us on IRC: channel #infinispan `on Freenode. `

Get it, Use it, Ask us!

We’re hard at work on new features, improvements and fixes, so watch this space for more announcements!

Please, download and test the latest release.

The source code is hosted on GitHub. If you need to report a bug or request a new feature, look for a similar one on our JIRA issues tracker. If you don’t find any, create a new issue.

If you have questions, are experiencing a bug or want advice on using Infinispan, you can use StackOverflow. We will do our best to answer you as soon as we can.

The Infinispan community uses Zulip for real-time communications. Join us using either a web-browser or a dedicated application on the Infinispan chat.

Tristan Tarrant

Tristan has been leading the Infinispan Engineering Team at Red Hat for the past five years as well as being Principal Architect for Red Hat Data Grid. He’s been a passionate open-source advocate and contributor for nearly three decades.