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Apache Arrow 11.0.0 Release

25 January 2023

The Apache Arrow team is pleased to announce the 11.0.0 release. This covers over 3 months of development work and includes 423 resolved issues from 95 distinct contributors. See the Install Page to learn how to get the libraries for your platform. The release notes below are not exhaustive and...

Apache Arrow DataFusion 16.0.0 Project Update

19 January 2023

Introduction DataFusion is an extensible query execution framework, written in Rust, that uses Apache Arrow as its in-memory format. It is targeted primarily at developers creating data intensive analytics, and offers mature SQL support, a DataFrame API, and many extension points. Systems based on DataFusion perform very well in benchmarks,...

Apache Arrow ADBC 0.1.0 (Libraries) Release

12 January 2023

The Apache Arrow team is pleased to announce the 0.1.0 release of the Apache Arrow ADBC libraries. This covers includes 63 resolved issues from 7 distinct contributors. This is a release of the libraries, which are at version 0.1.0. The API specification is versioned separately and is at version 1.0.0....

Introducing ADBC: Database Access for Apache Arrow

5 January 2023

The Arrow community would like to introduce version 1.0.0 of the Arrow Database Connectivity (ADBC) specification. ADBC is a columnar, minimal-overhead alternative to JDBC/ODBC for analytical applications. Or in other words: ADBC is a single API for getting Arrow data in and out of different databases. Motivation Applications often use...

Querying Parquet with Millisecond Latency

26 December 2022

Querying Parquet with Millisecond Latency Note: this article was originally published on the InfluxData Blog. We believe that querying data in Apache Parquet files directly can achieve similar or better storage efficiency and query performance than most specialized file formats. While it requires significant engineering effort, the benefits of Parquet’s...

Apache Arrow 10.0.1 Release

22 November 2022

The Apache Arrow team is pleased to announce the 10.0.1 release. This is mostly a bugfix release that includes 30 resolved issues from 15 distinct contributors. See the Install Page to learn how to get the libraries for your platform. The release notes below are not exhaustive and only expose...

Fast and Memory Efficient Multi-Column Sorts in Apache Arrow Rust, Part 2

7 November 2022

Introduction In Part 1 of this post, we described the problem of Multi-Column Sorting and the challenges of implementing it efficiently. This second post explains how the new row format in the Rust implementation of Apache Arrow works and is constructed. Row Format The row format is a variable length...

Fast and Memory Efficient Multi-Column Sorts in Apache Arrow Rust, Part 1

7 November 2022

Introduction Sorting is one of the most fundamental operations in modern databases and other analytic systems, underpinning important operators such as aggregates, joins, window functions, merge, and more. By some estimates, more than half of the execution time in data processing systems is spent sorting. Optimizing sorts is therefore vital...

Expanding Arrow's Reach with a JDBC Driver for Arrow Flight SQL

1 November 2022

We’re excited to announce that as of version 10.0.0, the Arrow project now includes a JDBC driver implementation based on Arrow Flight SQL. This is courtesy of a software grant from Dremio, a data lakehouse platform. Contributors from Dremio developed and open-sourced this driver implementation, in addition to designing and...

Apache Arrow 10.0.0 Release

31 October 2022

The Apache Arrow team is pleased to announce the 10.0.0 release. This covers over 3 months of development work and includes 473 resolved issues from 100 distinct contributors. See the Install Page to learn how to get the libraries for your platform. The release notes below are not exhaustive and...

Apache Arrow Ballista 0.9.0 Release

28 October 2022

Introduction Ballista is an Arrow-native distributed SQL query engine implemented in Rust. Ballista 0.9.0 is now available and is the most significant release since the project was donated to Apache Arrow in 2021. This release represents 4 weeks of work, with 66 commits from 14 contributors: 22 Andy Grove 12...

Apache Arrow DataFusion 13.0.0 Project Update

25 October 2022

Introduction Apache Arrow DataFusion 13.0.0 is released, and this blog contains an update on the project for the 5 months since our last update in May 2022. DataFusion is an extensible and embeddable query engine, written in Rust used to create modern, fast and efficient data pipelines, ETL processes, and...

Arrow and Parquet Part 3: Arbitrary Nesting with Lists of Structs and Structs of Lists

17 October 2022

Introduction This is the third of a three part series exploring how projects such as Rust Apache Arrow support conversion between Apache Arrow for in memory processing and Apache Parquet for efficient storage. Apache Arrow is an open, language-independent columnar memory format for flat and hierarchical data, organized for efficient...

Arrow and Parquet Part 2: Nested and Hierarchical Data using Structs and Lists

8 October 2022

Introduction This is the second, in a three part series exploring how projects such as Rust Apache Arrow support conversion between Apache Arrow and Apache Parquet. The first post covered the basics of data storage and validity encoding, and this post will cover the more complex Struct and List types....

Arrow and Parquet Part 1: Primitive Types and Nullability

5 October 2022

Introduction We recently completed a long-running project within Rust Apache Arrow to complete support for reading and writing arbitrarily nested Parquet and Arrow schemas. This is a complex topic, and we encountered a lack of approachable technical information, and thus wrote this blog to share our learnings with the community....

Apache Arrow 9.0.0 Release

16 August 2022

The Apache Arrow team is pleased to announce the 9.0.0 release. This covers over 3 months of development work and includes 509 resolved issues from 114 distinct contributors. See the Install Page to learn how to get the libraries for your platform. The release notes below are not exhaustive and...

June 2022 Rust Apache Arrow and Parquet 16.0.0 Highlights

16 June 2022

Introduction We recently celebrated releasing version 16.0.0 of the Rust implementation of Apache Arrow. While we still get a few comments on “most rust libraries use versions 0.x.0, why are you at 16.0.0?”, our versioning scheme appears to be working well, and permits quick releases of new features and API...

Apache Arrow DataFusion 8.0.0 Release

16 May 2022

Introduction DataFusion is an extensible query execution framework, written in Rust, that uses Apache Arrow as its in-memory format. When you want to extend your Rust project with SQL support, a DataFrame API, or the ability to read and process Parquet, JSON, Avro or CSV data, DataFusion is definitely worth...

Apache Arrow 8.0.0 Release

15 May 2022

The Apache Arrow team is pleased to announce the 8.0.0 release. This covers over 3 months of development work and includes 586 resolved issues from 127 distinct contributors. See the Install Page to learn how to get the libraries for your platform. The release notes below are not exhaustive and...

Apache Arrow for R Cheatsheet

27 April 2022

We are excited to introduce the new Apache Arrow for R Cheatsheet. Helping (Not Cheating) While cheatsheets may have started as a set of notes used without an instructor’s knowledge—so, ummm, cheating—using the Arrow for R cheatsheet is definitely not cheating! Today, cheatsheets are a common tool to provide users...

Introducing Apache Arrow DataFusion Contrib

21 March 2022

Introduction Apache Arrow DataFusion is an extensible query execution framework, written in Rust, that uses Apache Arrow as its in-memory format. When you want to extend your Rust project with SQL support, a DataFrame API, or the ability to read and process Parquet, JSON, Avro or CSV data, DataFusion is...

Apache Arrow DataFusion 7.0.0 Release

28 February 2022

Introduction DataFusion is an extensible query execution framework, written in Rust, that uses Apache Arrow as its in-memory format. When you want to extend your Rust project with SQL support, a DataFrame API, or the ability to read and process Parquet, JSON, Avro or CSV data, DataFusion is definitely worth...

Introducing Apache Arrow Flight SQL: Accelerating Database Access

16 February 2022

We would like to introduce Flight SQL, a new client-server protocol developed by the Apache Arrow community for interacting with SQL databases that makes use of the Arrow in-memory columnar format and the Flight RPC framework. Flight SQL aims to provide broadly similar functionality to existing APIs like JDBC and...

February 2022 Rust Apache Arrow and Parquet Highlights

13 February 2022

The Rust implementation of Apache Arrow has just released version 9.0.2. While a major version of this magnitude may shock some in the Rust community to whom it implies a slow moving 20 year old piece of software, nothing could be further from the truth! With regular and predictable bi-weekly...

Apache Arrow 7.0.0 Release

8 February 2022

The Apache Arrow team is pleased to announce the 7.0.0 release. This covers over 3 months of development work and includes 617 resolved issues from 105 distinct contributors. See the Install Page to learn how to get the libraries for your platform. The release notes below are not exhaustive and...

Skyhook: Bringing Computation to Storage with Apache Arrow

31 January 2022

CPUs, memory, storage, and network bandwidth get better every year, but increasingly, they’re improving in different dimensions. Processors are faster, but their memory bandwidth hasn’t kept up; meanwhile, cloud computing has led to storage being separated from applications across a network link. This divergent evolution means we need to rethink...

DuckDB quacks Arrow: A zero-copy data integration between Apache Arrow and DuckDB

3 December 2021

TLDR: The zero-copy integration between DuckDB and Apache Arrow allows for rapid analysis of larger than memory datasets in Python and R using either SQL or relational APIs. This post is a collaboration with and cross-posted on the DuckDB blog. Part of Apache Arrow is an in-memory data format optimized...

Apache Arrow 6.0.1 Release

22 November 2021

The Apache Arrow team is pleased to announce the 6.0.1 release. This is mostly a bugfix release that includes 30 resolved issues from 16 distinct contributors. See the Install Page to learn how to get the libraries for your platform. The release notes below are not exhaustive and only expose...

Apache Arrow DataFusion 6.0.0 Release

19 November 2021

Introduction DataFusion is an embedded query engine which leverages the unique features of Rust and Apache Arrow to provide a system that is high performance, easy to connect, easy to embed, and high quality. The Apache Arrow team is pleased to announce the DataFusion 6.0.0 release. This covers 4 months...

Apache Arrow Rust 6.0.0 Release

9 November 2021

We recently released the 6.0.0 Rust version of Apache Arrow, which coincides with the Arrow 6.0.0 release. This post highlights some of the improvements in the Rust implementation. The full changelog can be found here. The Rust Arrow implementation would not be possible without the wonderful work and support of...

Apache Arrow R 6.0.0 Release

8 November 2021

We are excited to announce the recent release of version 6.0.0 of the Arrow R package on CRAN. While we usually don’t write a dedicated release blog post for the R package, this one is special. There are a number of major new features in this version, some of which...

Apache Arrow 6.0.0 Release

4 November 2021

The Apache Arrow team is pleased to announce the 6.0.0 release. This covers over 3 months of development work and includes 572 resolved issues from 77 distinct contributors. See the Install Page to learn how to get the libraries for your platform. The release notes below are not exhaustive and...

Apache Arrow DataFusion 5.0.0 Release

18 August 2021

The Apache Arrow team is pleased to announce the DataFusion 5.0.0 release. This covers 4 months of development work and includes 211 commits from the following 31 distinct contributors. $ git shortlog -sn 4.0.0..5.0.0 datafusion datafusion-cli datafusion-examples 61 Jiayu Liu 47 Andrew Lamb 27 Daniël Heres 13 QP Hou 13...

Apache Arrow Ballista 0.5.0 Release

18 August 2021

Ballista extends DataFusion to provide support for distributed queries. This is the first release of Ballista since the project was donated to the Apache Arrow project and includes 80 commits from 11 contributors. git shortlog -sn 4.0.0..5.0.0 ballista/rust/client ballista/rust/core ballista/rust/executor ballista/rust/scheduler 27 Andy Grove 15 Jiayu Liu 12 Andrew Lamb...

Apache Arrow 5.0.0 Release

29 July 2021

The Apache Arrow team is pleased to announce the 5.0.0 release. This covers 3 months of development work and includes 684 commits from 99 distinct contributors in 2 repositories. See the Install Page to learn how to get the libraries for your platform. The release notes below are not exhaustive...

Apache Arrow Rust 5.0.0 Release

29 July 2021

We recently released the 5.0.0 Rust version of Apache Arrow which coincides with the Arrow 5.0.0 release. This post highlights some of the improvements in the Rust implementation. The full changelog can be found here. The Rust Arrow implementation would not be possible without the wonderful work and support of...

Apache Arrow 4.0.1 Release

19 June 2021

The Apache Arrow team is pleased to announce the 4.0.1 release. This release covers general bug fixes on the different implementations, notably C++, R, Python and JavaScript. The list is available here, with the list of contributors here and changelog here. As usual, see the install page for instructions on...

A New Development Workflow for Arrow's Rust Implementation

4 May 2021

The Apache Arrow Rust community is excited to announce that its migration to a new development workflow is now complete! If you’re considering Rust as a language for working with columnar data, read on and see how your use case might benefit from our new and improved project setup. In...

Apache Arrow 4.0.0 Release

3 May 2021

The Apache Arrow team is pleased to announce the 4.0.0 release. This covers 3 months of development work and includes 711 resolved issues from 114 distinct contributors. See the Install Page to learn how to get the libraries for your platform. The release notes below are not exhaustive and only...

Ballista: A Distributed Scheduler for Apache Arrow

12 April 2021

We are excited to announce that Ballista has been donated to the Apache Arrow project. Ballista is a distributed compute platform primarily implemented in Rust, and powered by Apache Arrow. It is built on an architecture that allows other programming languages (such as Python, C++, and Java) to be supported...

Apache Arrow 3.0.0 Release

25 January 2021

The Apache Arrow team is pleased to announce the 3.0.0 release. This covers over 3 months of development work and includes 666 resolved issues from 106 distinct contributors. See the Install Page to learn how to get the libraries for your platform. The release notes below are not exhaustive and...

Apache Arrow 2.0.0 Rust Highlights

27 October 2020

Apache Arrow 2.0.0 is a significant release for the Apache Arrow project in general (release notes), and the Rust subproject in particular, with almost 200 issues resolved by 15 contributors. In this blog post, we will go through the main changes affecting core Arrow, Parquet support, and DataFusion query engine....

Apache Arrow 2.0.0 Release

22 October 2020

The Apache Arrow team is pleased to announce the 2.0.0 release. This covers over 3 months of development work and includes 511 resolved issues from 81 distinct contributors. See the Install Page to learn how to get the libraries for your platform. The release notes below are not exhaustive and...

Making Arrow C++ Builds Simpler, Smaller, and Faster

29 July 2020

Over the last four and a half years, we’ve worked to build a “batteries-included” development platform for high-performance analytics applications in C++. As the scope of the project has grown, we have sometimes taken on additional library dependencies to support a wide variety of systems and data processing tasks. While...

Apache Arrow 1.0.0 Release

24 July 2020

The Apache Arrow team is pleased to announce the 1.0.0 release. This covers over 3 months of development work and includes 810 resolved issues from 100 distinct contributors. See the Install Page to learn how to get the libraries for your platform. Despite a “1.0.0” version, this is the 18th...

Introducing the Apache Arrow C Data Interface

3 May 2020

Apache Arrow includes a cross-language, platform-independent in-memory columnar format allowing zero-copy data sharing and transfer between heterogenous runtimes and applications. The easiest way to use the Arrow columnar format has always been to depend on one of the concrete implementations developed by the Apache Arrow community. The project codebase contains...

Apache Arrow 0.17.0 Release

21 April 2020

The Apache Arrow team is pleased to announce the 0.17.0 release. This covers over 2 months of development work and includes 569 resolved issues from 79 distinct contributors. See the Install Page to learn how to get the libraries for your platform. The release notes below are not exhaustive and...

Fuzzing the Arrow C++ IPC implementation

31 March 2020

Apache Arrow aims to allow fast and seamless data interchange between heterogenous runtimes and environments. Whether using the columnar IPC stream protocol, the Flight RPC layer, the Feather file format, the Plasma shared object store, or any application-specific data distribution mechanism, Arrow IPC implementations may try to decode data from...

Apache Arrow 0.16.0 Release

12 February 2020

The Apache Arrow team is pleased to announce the 0.16.0 release. This covers about 4 months of development work and includes 735 resolved issues from 99 distinct contributors. See the Install Page to learn how to get the libraries for your platform. The release notes below are not exhaustive and...

Introducing Apache Arrow Flight: A Framework for Fast Data Transport

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13 October 2019

Over the last 18 months, the Apache Arrow community has been busy designing and implementing Flight, a new general-purpose client-server framework to simplify high performance transport of large datasets over network interfaces. Flight initially is focused on optimized transport of the Arrow columnar format (i.e. “Arrow record batches”) over gRPC,...

Apache Arrow 0.15.0 Release

6 October 2019

The Apache Arrow team is pleased to announce the 0.15.0 release. This covers about 3 months of development work and includes 687 resolved issues from 80 distinct contributors. See the Install Page to learn how to get the libraries for your platform. The complete changelog is also available. About a...

Faster C++ Apache Parquet performance on dictionary-encoded string data coming in Apache Arrow 0.15

5 September 2019

We have been implementing a series of optimizations in the Apache Parquet C++ internals to improve read and write efficiency (both performance and memory use) for Arrow columnar binary and string data, with new “native” support for Arrow’s dictionary types. This should have a big impact on users of the...

Apache Arrow R Package On CRAN

8 August 2019

We are very excited to announce that the arrow R package is now available on CRAN. Apache Arrow is a cross-language development platform for in-memory data that specifies a standardized columnar memory format for flat and hierarchical data, organized for efficient analytic operations on modern hardware. The arrow package provides...

Apache Arrow 0.14.0 Release

2 July 2019

The Apache Arrow team is pleased to announce the 0.14.0 release. This covers 3 months of development work and includes 602 resolved issues from 75 distinct contributors. See the Install Page to learn how to get the libraries for your platform. The complete changelog is also available. This post will...

Apache Arrow 0.13.0 Release

2 April 2019

The Apache Arrow team is pleased to announce the 0.13.0 release. This covers more than 2 months of development work and includes 550 resolved issues from 81 distinct contributors. See the Install Page to learn how to get the libraries for your platform. The complete changelog is also available. While...

Reducing Python String Memory Use in Apache Arrow 0.12

5 February 2019

Python users who upgrade to recently released pyarrow 0.12 may find that their applications use significantly less memory when converting Arrow string data to pandas format. This includes using pyarrow.parquet.read_table and pandas.read_parquet. This article details some of what is going on under the hood, and why Python applications dealing with...

DataFusion: A Rust-native Query Engine for Apache Arrow

4 February 2019

We are excited to announce that DataFusion has been donated to the Apache Arrow project. DataFusion is an in-memory query engine for the Rust implementation of Apache Arrow. Although DataFusion was started two years ago, it was recently re-implemented to be Arrow-native and currently has limited capabilities but does support...

Speeding up R and Apache Spark using Apache Arrow

25 January 2019

Javier Luraschi is a software engineer at RStudio Support for Apache Arrow in Apache Spark with R is currently under active development in the sparklyr and SparkR projects. This post explores early, yet promising, performance improvements achieved when using R with Apache Spark, Arrow and sparklyr. Setup Since this work...

Apache Arrow 0.12.0 Release

21 January 2019

The Apache Arrow team is pleased to announce the 0.12.0 release. This is the largest release yet in the project, covering 3 months of development work and includes 614 resolved issues from 77 distinct contributors. See the Install Page to learn how to get the libraries for your platform. The...

Gandiva: A LLVM-based Analytical Expression Compiler for Apache Arrow

5 December 2018

Today we’re happy to announce that the Gandiva Initiative for Apache Arrow, an LLVM-based execution kernel, is now part of the Apache Arrow project. Gandiva was kindly donated by Dremio, where it was originally developed and open-sourced. Gandiva extends Arrow’s capabilities to provide high performance analytical execution and is composed...

Apache Arrow 0.11.0 Release

9 October 2018

The Apache Arrow team is pleased to announce the 0.11.0 release. It is the product of 2 months of development and includes 287 resolved issues. See the Install Page to learn how to get the libraries for your platform. The complete changelog is also available. We discuss some highlights from...

Apache Arrow 0.10.0 Release

7 August 2018

The Apache Arrow team is pleased to announce the 0.10.0 release. It is the product of over 4 months of development and includes 470 resolved issues. It is the largest release so far in the project’s history. 90 individuals contributed to this release. See the Install Page to learn how...

Faster, scalable memory allocations in Apache Arrow with jemalloc

20 July 2018

With the release of the 0.9 version of Apache Arrow, we have switched our default allocator for array buffers from the system allocator to jemalloc on OSX and Linux. This applies to the C++/GLib/Python implementations of Arrow. In most cases changing the default allocator is normally done to avoid problems...

A Native Go Library for Apache Arrow

22 March 2018

Since launching in early 2016, Apache Arrow has been growing fast. We have made nine major releases through the efforts of over 120 distinct contributors. The project’s scope has also expanded. We began by focusing on the development of the standardized in-memory columnar data format, which now serves as a...

Apache Arrow 0.9.0 Release

22 March 2018

The Apache Arrow team is pleased to announce the 0.9.0 release. It is the product of over 3 months of development and includes 260 resolved JIRAs. While we made some of backwards-incompatible columnar binary format changes in last December’s 0.8.0 release, the 0.9.0 release is backwards-compatible with 0.8.0. We will...

Apache Arrow 0.8.0 Release

18 December 2017

The Apache Arrow team is pleased to announce the 0.8.0 release. It is the product of 10 weeks of development and includes 286 resolved JIRAs with many new features and bug fixes to the various language implementations. This is the largest release since 0.3.0 earlier this year. As part of...

Improvements to Java Vector API in Apache Arrow 0.8.0

18 December 2017

This post gives insight into the major improvements in the Java implementation of vectors. We undertook this work over the last 10 weeks since the last Arrow release. Design Goals Improved maintainability and extensibility Improved heap memory usage No performance overhead on hot code paths Background Improved maintainability and extensibility...

Fast Python Serialization with Ray and Apache Arrow

15 October 2017

This was originally posted on the Ray blog. Philipp Moritz and Robert Nishihara are graduate students at UC Berkeley. This post elaborates on the integration between Ray and Apache Arrow. The main problem this addresses is data serialization. From Wikipedia, serialization is … the process of translating data structures or...

Apache Arrow 0.7.0 Release

19 September 2017

The Apache Arrow team is pleased to announce the 0.7.0 release. It includes 133 resolved JIRAs many new features and bug fixes to the various language implementations. The Arrow memory format remains stable since the 0.3.x release. See the Install Page to learn how to get the libraries for your...

Apache Arrow 0.6.0 Release

16 August 2017

The Apache Arrow team is pleased to announce the 0.6.0 release. It includes 90 resolved JIRAs with the new Plasma shared memory object store, and improvements and bug fixes to the various language implementations. The Arrow memory format remains stable since the 0.3.x release. See the Install Page to learn...

Plasma In-Memory Object Store

8 August 2017

Philipp Moritz and Robert Nishihara are graduate students at UC Berkeley. Plasma: A High-Performance Shared-Memory Object Store Motivating Plasma This blog post presents Plasma, an in-memory object store that is being developed as part of Apache Arrow. Plasma holds immutable objects in shared memory so that they can be accessed...

Speeding up PySpark with Apache Arrow

26 July 2017

Bryan Cutler is a software engineer at IBM’s Spark Technology Center STC Beginning with Apache Spark version 2.3, Apache Arrow will be a supported dependency and begin to offer increased performance with columnar data transfer. If you are a Spark user that prefers to work in Python and Pandas, this...

Apache Arrow 0.5.0 Release

25 July 2017

The Apache Arrow team is pleased to announce the 0.5.0 release. It includes 130 resolved JIRAs with some new features, expanded integration testing between implementations, and bug fixes. The Arrow memory format remains stable since the 0.3.x and 0.4.x releases. See the Install Page to learn how to get the...

Connecting Relational Databases to the Apache Arrow World with turbodbc

16 June 2017

Michael König is the lead developer of the turbodbc project The Apache Arrow project set out to become the universal data layer for column-oriented data processing systems without incurring serialization costs or compromising on performance on a more general level. While relational databases still lag behind in Apache Arrow adoption,...

Apache Arrow 0.4.1 Release

14 June 2017

The Apache Arrow team is pleased to announce the 0.4.1 release of the project. This is a bug fix release that addresses a regression with Decimal types in the Java implementation introduced in 0.4.0 (see ARROW-1091). There were a total of 31 resolved JIRAs. See the Install Page to learn...

Apache Arrow 0.4.0 Release

23 May 2017

The Apache Arrow team is pleased to announce the 0.4.0 release of the project. While only 17 days since the release, it includes 77 resolved JIRAs with some important new features and bug fixes. See the Install Page to learn how to get the libraries for your platform. Expanded JavaScript...

Apache Arrow 0.3.0 Release

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8 May 2017

The Apache Arrow team is pleased to announce the 0.3.0 release of the project. It is the product of an intense 10 weeks of development since the 0.2.0 release from this past February. It includes 306 resolved JIRAs from 23 contributors. While we have added many new features to the...