The Apache Ignite Community is pleased to announce the release of Apache Ignite 3.0.0-alpha1.
Apache Ignite  is a distributed database for in-memory speed and high-performance computing.
Last year, the Ignite community initiated the "Ignite 3" project . The goal of the project is to modernize Ignite and fix various usability issues that have been accumulated through the years of its existence. The project introduces several changes related to architecture, API, and tooling - all those changes will be incorporated into the next major release (Ignite 3.0.0).
Ignite 3.0.0-alpha1 provides a sneak peek into the future of Apache Ignite. This alpha build does not represent a functional product - it does not incorporate cluster discovery, data storage, compute capabilities, etc. However, it demonstrates the major mechanics of how you will interact with Ignite in the future.
Some of the major highlights are: - Single-file download (instead of downloading a huge ZIP file that has hundreds of files and a complicated structure, you get a single script, the CLI tool, which you can use for all further operations). - Ability to install core Ignite artifacts and external dependencies via Maven. - Ability to manage locally running nodes (start, stop, inspect). - Ability to connect to a cluster, acquire the current configuration, and update some of the dynamic parameters.