Red Hat
May 25, 2015
by Tristan Tarrant

Dear Infinispan community,

it is with great pleasure that we are announcing the release of Infinispan 8.0.0.Alpha1. This is the first release of Infinispan that requires Java 8 to compile and run. We have great plans in store for our Java 8 API, and this is the first step in getting there. Don't worry, however: we intend to maintain backwards compatibility for both configuration and API.

This release brings some highly requested features:
  • the introduction of size-based eviction, i.e. the ability to set a maximum amount of heap used by a cache. Please note that this requires enabling storeAsBinary. This feature has only been tested with HotSpot, and other JVMs (e.g. IBM J9) will not behave as expected. We welcome any improvements you can give us to help with alternate JVMs.
  • the ability to run non-indexed queries on indexed data: this means that if you issue a query with predicates which involve non-indexed fields, Infinispan will still be able to execute the query. In the future we intend to also add support for hybrid queries, i.e. queries which can take advantage of indexed fields but which also need to discern on non-indexed ones.
  • and many many bugfixes, consult our issue tracker for a list of things we have fixed. 
We have also removed asynchronous marshalling which never worked quite right, and also imposed several limitations on applications. Good riddance !
    Don't forget to also check-out our roadmap to see the things we plan to get done during the 8.0 cycle.

    Download it now and tell us what you think on our forums or come and meet us on IRC: channel #infinispan on Freenode.

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