Google Compute Engine and MapR Technologies Crush MinuteSort Record
Santa Clara, CA

New TB MinuteSort Benchmark demonstrates MapR's scalability and speed

MapR Technologies, Inc., the Hadoop technology leader, announced at the O'Reilly Strata Conference a new world record for MinuteSort, sorting 15 billion 100-byte records (a total of 1.5 trillion bytes) in 60 seconds using Google Compute Engine and the MapR Distribution for Apache Hadoop. The benchmark, often referred to as the World Cup of data sorting, demonstrates how quickly data can be sorted starting and ending on disks.

MapR's record-setting benchmark was completed on 2,103 virtual instances in the Google Compute Engine. Each virtual instance consisted of four virtual cores and one virtual disk, for a total of 8,412 virtual cores and 2,103 virtual disks. The new record surpassed the previous record of 1.4TB. The new record is also almost three times the amount of data processed by the previous Hadoop MinuteSort record which was 578 GB.

"The record is significant because it represents a total efficiency improvement executed in a cloud environment," said Jack Norris, VP of marketing, MapR Technologies. "In an era where information is increasing by tremendous leaps, being able to quickly scale to meet data growth with high performance makes business analytics a reality in situations previously impossible."

While the previous MinuteSort record was achieved with custom hardware, MapR set the record using commercially available Google Compute Engine, Hadoop MapReduce and the MapR Distribution. Google Compute Engine is currently in Limited Preview but will soon be available so any business or developer can benefit from the scale, performance and value of Google's infrastructure.

For more detail on MapR's use of Google Compute Engine and Hadoop MapReduce to set the MinuteSort record, visit

About MapR Technologies

About MapR Technologies

MapR enables organizations to create disruptive advantage and long-term value from their data with the industry’s only Converged Data Platform, which delivers distributed processing, real-time analytics, and enterprise-grade requirements across cloud and on-premise environments–while leveraging the significant ongoing development in open source technologies including Spark and Hadoop. Organizations with the most demanding production needs, including sub-second response for fraud prevention, secure and highly available data-driven insights for better healthcare, petabyte analysis for threat detection, and integrated operational and analytic processing for improved customer experiences, run on MapR. A majority of customers achieves payback in fewer than 12 months and realizes greater than 5X ROI. MapR ensures customer success through world-class professional services and with free on-demand training that 50,000 developers, data analysts and administrators have used to close the big data skills gap. Amazon, Cisco, Google, HPE, Microsoft, SAP, and Teradata are part of the worldwide MapR partner ecosystem. Investors include Future Fund, Google Capital, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Mayfield Fund, NEA, Qualcomm Ventures and Redpoint Ventures. Connect with MapR on LinkedIn, and Twitter.

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