Apache Software Foundation Announces New Top-Level Project Apache® Pekko™

Leading framework for building applications that are concurrent, distributed, resilient and elastic graduates to TLP

Wilmington, DE, May 16, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 320 active open source projects and initiatives, today announced Apache Pekko™ has graduated from incubation and is now a Top-Level Project (TLP). Apache Pekko is an open-source framework for building applications that are concurrent, distributed, resilient and elastic. 

Apache Pekko is a fork of Akka 2.6.x, a source-available toolkit and runtime to simplify the construction of concurrent and distributed applications running on a Java virtual machine (JVM). In 2022 the Akka project adopted a Business Source License, departing from the Apache 2.0 license it was initially created under. The Apache Pekko project was formed so that the open source ecosystem that had been built around Akka since 2009 could continue to develop and utilize an open source alternative. 

“We are proud of the community that has formed in support of Pekko, including the dozens of developers who have committed their time and effort,” said PJ Fanning, Apache Pekko PMC member. “We are pleased to have received positive feedback from users who have migrated from Akka to Pekko. It is also exciting to see tools like Apache Flink, Apache Toree, and the Play Framework starting to use Pekko.” 

Pekko Feature Highlights 

  • Utilizes the Actor Model to provide more intuitive high-level abstractions for concurrency
  • Provides libraries for persistence, streams, HTTP, and more
  • Includes releases of all the open source modules that were affected by the license change
  • Includes APIs for Java and Scala 
  • More than 50 libraries have been released to support Pekko 

For future updates, please visit https://pekko.apache.org/.

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