Blazegraph update enables geospatial searching

May 16, 2016  - By

Blazegraph, creator of a high-performance database for large graphs, is now offering version 2.1.0. Updates of the graphics processing unit (GPU) accelerated program give users faster, easier access to key data sets, such as new support for processing geospatial coordinates and optimizing queries against the National Center for Biotechnology Information’s (NCBI) PubChem database.

In addition, Blazegraph 2.1.0 provides new tools that enable semantic search on the largest data published in the Linked Open Data structure, which is heavily used in global publishing, cultural and open government projects.

To deliver the speed and performance needed to work with these massive data sets, version 2.1.0 includes significant improvements to its bulk load and query performance capabilities.

Blazegraph 2.1.0 users are powering complex SPARQL queries to uncover new insights. For example, Wikidata, the free knowledge-base community, has deployed version 2.1.0 to power its query service. With it, data experts are using the geospatial capabilities to create graphs such as shared state borders in the United States, a map of all earthquakes and a map of chemical elements and their discovery locations.


Another Blazegraph user, Seven Bridges, is a biomedical data analysis company selected by the National Cancer Institute to develop the Cancer Genomic Cloud program. This first complete ecosystem gives cancer researchers immediate access to one of the world’s largest genomic data sets — The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) — and the computational resources to analyze it.

“We chose Blazegraph to manage the metadata on the Cancer Genomics Cloud because it helps researchers to easily build complex queries based on how they think, not on how the data is stored,” said Igor Bogicevic, CTO at Seven Bridges. “In addition to helping scientists find the data they need, Blazegraph and its new 2.1.0 version is just plain fast. It helps us deliver the scale and performance needed to meet some of the biggest cancer genomics data analysis challenges.”

Learn more at the Blazegraph website.


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About the Author: Tracy Cozzens

Senior Editor Tracy Cozzens joined GPS World magazine in 2006. She also is editor of GPS World’s newsletters and the sister website Geospatial Solutions. She has worked in government, for non-profits, and in corporate communications, editing a variety of publications for audiences ranging from federal government contractors to teachers.

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