Apache Arrow 16 Adds Azure Blob Support
Written by Kay Ewbank   
Tuesday, 21 May 2024

Apache Arrow 16 has been released with improvements to the C data interface and to Arrow Flight RPC, and the addition of support for Azure Blob data format.

Apache Arrow is a development platform for in-memory analytics. It has technologies that enable big data systems to process and move data quickly. Arrow is language independent, can be used for flat and hierarchical data, and the data store is organized for efficient analytic operations. It also provides computational libraries. Languages currently supported are C, C++, C#, Go, Java, JavaScript, Julia, MATLAB, Python, R, Ruby, and Rust.

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The improvements to the new release start with the addition of initial support for the Azure Blob Storage to the C++ library in Arrow. Azure Blob storage provides scalable, cost-efficient object storage in the cloud and can be used to store and access unstructured data. Other improvements to the C++ support in Arrow include the ability to build Arrow C++ with Emscripten, which lays the foundation for running Arrow C++ under WASM runtimes and eventually PyArrow as well. Support has also been added to convert from table and RecordBatch to a tensor.

Arrow Flight RPC now has support for session variable RPCs, and the Go support in Flight handles existing credentials correctly across connections.

Improvements to the Python support in Arrow include the addition of formerly missing methods to RecordBatch, and added support for Binary and StringView in PyArrow. Support has also been added for Run-End Encoded arrays in PyArrow.

The C Data Interface now manages mappings between a device type and id to a memory manager; and there's support for handling Chunked Arrays in the C Stream Interface.

More generally in Arrow Flight RPC,session variable RPCs have been added and the JDBC driver and Java features have been improved.

Apache Arrow 16 is available now.  

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More Information

Apache Arrow Website

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