December 10, 2007 12:53 ET
GigaSpaces Launches OpenSpaces Developer Challenge
Contest Rewards Innovative Design of Applications and Plug-Ins Using GigaSpaces' OpenSpaces Framework With $25,000 in Prizes
NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - December 10, 2007) - GigaSpaces Technologies (www.gigaspaces.com)
today announced the launch of the OpenSpaces Developer Challenge, which
will award $25,000 in prizes to developers who build the most unique and
innovative applications or plug-ins for the OpenSpaces Framework.
OpenSpaces is an open source development solution for building linearly
scalable software applications. It is widely used in a variety of
industries, such as Wall Street trading applications, telecommunications
platforms and online gaming.
The Challenge is designed to encourage innovation around OpenSpaces and
support the developer community. Prizes ranging from $1,000 to $10,000
will be awarded to those who submit the most promising applications that
were built using OpenSpaces, or plug-ins, and other components that extend
OpenSpaces in pioneering ways.
"We've made a huge investment in OpenSpaces internally at GigaSpaces, but
we recognize that we have only scratched the surface of its potential,"
said Nati Shalom, GigaSpaces chief technology officer and founder. "With
this Challenge, we are inviting the developer community to show us what
we're missing, while contributing to the community at-large. Developers
will have the added bonus of possibly earning some prizes in the process."
The OpenSpaces development framework is designed to simply and dynamically
scale out a software application across many computers -- also referred to
as "cloud computing." It is unique in that it addresses applications that
have been traditionally difficult to distribute in this manner, including
high-throughput applications that are stateful, transactional or
data-intensive. OpenSpaces leverages GigaSpaces' eXtreme Application
Platform (XAP) (http://www.gigaspaces.com/pr_xap.html) as the middleware
implementation, and is based on the popular Spring Framework developed by
"OpenSpaces enables Java and Spring developers to achieve new levels of
performance and horizontal scalability using the familiar Spring component
model," said Adrian Colyer, SpringSource chief technology officer and
OpenSpaces Developer Challenge judge. "This Challenge broadens the
applicability and adoption of OpenSpaces and Spring, creating a virtuous
cycle of growth and innovation for the benefit of the entire industry."
Submissions for the OpenSpaces Developer Challenge will be accepted between
December 10, 2007 and April 2, 2008. All applications will be reviewed and
judged by a panel of industry experts, and the winners will be announced on
the OpenSpaces.org Web site on April 22, 2008. The awards -- including the
$10,000 first prize -- will be presented to the winners at a gala in San
Francisco during the JavaOne 2008 conference in May. Winners will also be
recognized in a worldwide press announcement.
The OpenSpaces Developer Challenge marks the latest initiative by
GigaSpaces to encourage development and innovation in the developer
community. The Company provides developers with easy access to GigaSpaces'
products and solutions through its Start-Up Program, which provides
qualified companies and individuals with full, free and perpetual use of
the Company's flagship product, GigaSpaces XAP. In addition, the Company
provides a free Community Edition of its product and contributes to several
open source initiatives, including the Spring Framework and the Mule ESB.
To encourage "early bird" applications for the OpenSpaces Developer
Challenge, ten $1,000 prizes will be drawn among those applicants who
submitted an application concept (not actual code, just the concept of the
proposed submission) by January 29, 2008.
Interested developers should:
1. Go to the OpenSpaces Developer Challenge Web site:
2. Read the Challenge guidelines and FAQs
3. Develop a killer application or plug-in based on OpenSpaces
4. OPTIONAL: Submit their application concept by January 29 to be eligible
for the ten $1,000 "early bird" prizes
5. Submit their actual application (including code) by April 2, 2008
Additional information on the Challenge is available at
GigaSpaces provides a single application software platform for application
scalability and performance. GigaSpaces' unique approach enables
developers to write their business logic as if writing to a single computer
and then seamlessly scale out the application linearly anywhere, and
on-demand. GigaSpaces customers include leaders in the financial services,
telecommunications sectors and government institutions, including: Société
Générale, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Dow Jones, Virgin Mobile, Nortel and
Hutchison 3G, where the need for mission-critical high-performance,
low-latency, reliability and scalability necessitates an alternative to
traditional approaches. GigaSpaces was founded in 2000 and has offices
For more information, please visit http://www.gigaspaces.com, or visit the
company's blog at http://www.gigaspacesblog.com.