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Twitter to open source its Storm code

Micro-blogging outfit Twitter says it will release the code for its real-time data processing platform Storm as open source.

The tools Twitter has developed, which are similar to the better-known open source data processing framework Hadoop, handle more data and are more mature and stable than any other in the industry - at least, that's what Twitter thinks - so the release will be big news for anyone in the number-crunching business.

Twitter's Nathan Marz made the announcement in a blog post yesterday in which he also detailed some of the platform's capabilities.

He pointed out that there were three broad use cases for Storm: Stream processing, continuous computation and distributed RPC (remote procedure calls).

Marz will officially unleash the code at the Strange Loop tech conference on September 19th.