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From "Graham Wallis (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (ATLAS-1757) Proposal to update graph DB
Date Wed, 10 May 2017 13:12:04 GMT


Graham Wallis commented on ATLAS-1757:

>From an architecture/implementation perspective, although the current Atlas code contains
an abstract graph layer, the choice of graph database is made at Build time. I'm not sure
why this is, and it seems to me that it would be preferable to be able to switch between graph
databases either at Deployment time or post-Deployment by configuration. An enterprise running
Atlas may need to update their graph database due to support lifecycle or to exploit a feature
of a newer/different graph database. Currently - i.e. with the current Build time selection
based on Maven build profile - this requires that Atlas is rebuilt and packaged. Would it
not be preferable for the enterprise customer to be able to change their deployment configuration
- e.g. by editing - rather than requiring a rebuild? Migration
would not be zero-cost and I would not anticipate customers switching graph databases frequently
or outside of a planned migration exercise. It seems odd that it would require a re-build,
but I'm happy to be persuaded.

Incidentally, the current build-time switching using Maven build profiles does not work as
intended. The Maven dependency exclusions suggest that the different graph databases should
be mutually exclusive, but there is a transient dependency on 'titan0' (i.e. Titan 0.5.4)
which means that a build with a different build profile (e.g. 'ibm-graph') contains both the
targeted package and the atlas-graphdb-titan0 project packages. We could fix this, but if
were to adopt the configurable switching of graph databases then there is no point doing so.

> Proposal to update graph DB
> ---------------------------
>                 Key: ATLAS-1757
>                 URL:
>             Project: Atlas
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components:  atlas-core
>    Affects Versions: trunk
>            Reporter: Graham Wallis
> Given the formation of the JanusGraph open source project (under the Linux Foundation)
to continue the development and support of the Titan DB, should we aim to deprecate Titan
and move over to JanusGraph?
> If we did this, we could keep the graph abstraction layer and use it to support Titan
0, Titan 1 and JanusGraph.
> Are there other graph databases that we should consider?

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