A Better Experience
Radian is a new spatial engineering experience that blends spatial and non-spatial data to enable
data discovery, analysis and management by experts and non-experts alike. Everything involves location and anything
involving location is only as good as the quality of the spatial data you utilize. Radian provides the world's finest
tool for insuring that your spatial data unleashes your insights with superior quality, speed and bulletproof accuracy. Easy to use.
Radian itself is one of the fastest, fully-parallel database engines ever created. Guaranteed to keep up with even
the fastest enterprise DBMS you use to work with data in-place.
But you don't need an external DBMS: you can easily host large,
complex projects and applications entirely within Radian on your desktop. Radian effortlessly cascades
and nests hierarchies of projects with zero pass-through performance hit, so a single Radian project can encompass
terabytes of data while reaching out to exabytes of data in external servers. On your desktop. Today.
"First of all - Radian Studio! Wow! It is really as fast as advertised." - Forum post.
Radian is so much faster than any traditional spatial file formats that you'll probably want to
upgrade your inventory of spatial files to use Radian as your data store. Once transferred into Radian storage a 100 GB image pops
open instantly. Large vector data sets that absolutely crush traditional GIS applications pop open in seconds as well.
See Radian in action Watch the Gulf Bathymetry MP4 format video
(if your browser does not play MP4 videos, right click on the link and then save to watch locally) of Radian opening a project file in 1/10th second that the US Government providing the data warns will take ESRI software 30 minutes to open in the equivalent ESRI native format. That's thousands of times faster for Radian. Radian effortlessly hill shades and styles on the fly 7.5 GB of new, high resolution bathymetry data for the Gulf of Mexico.
Apply the effortless, easy power of Radian point-and-click dialogs or the infinite power of
automatically parallel Radian SQL. Radian unleashes the full power of
all the CPU cores in your system and
automatically launches massively parallel computations using thousands
of available GPU cores for supercomputer
computational performance unmatched by any other non-parallel GIS or
spatial engineering tool. This isn't marketing hype: calculations
that take minutes without Radian can often be done in a second or two in Radian. Don't settle for distributed data storage without parallel computation and don't settle for parallelism that
requires custom coding by experts. Insist on the real thing: automatic, parallel computation with no parallel coding required.
Radian is the real deal: Nothing else comes close.
Parallel, Distributed SQL
Built upon manycore parallel CPU and massively parallel GPU DBMS infrastructure, Radian includes a sophisticated SQL query engine with a very high degree of modularity.
Big tasks get split into small tasks, which get sent to different computation nodes using DAG, Directed Acyclic Graph, analytics. But Radian goes much further than use of homogenous nodes.
Some of those nodes, potentially many thousands of nodes, can be GPGPU cores, and those GPGPU cores can be different types of cores from different GPUs.
Some of those nodes, also potentially thousands but more likely only a few dozen or few hundred, can be CPU cores. Computational nodes also can be external databases like PostgreSQL.
The query engine will split the work between any and all such nodes so that they run in parallel.
See Radian in action Watch the Triangulation MP4 format video
(if your browser does not play MP4 videos, right click on the link and then save to watch locally) of Radian previewing in real time a triangulation of a drawing of over five million points in one second, and then writing out the triangulation as a new drawing with over ten million areas in three minutes. Other GIS software can take an hour and a half for that. Download the data set in shapefile format and try it in any other GIS. Nothing else comes close to one second.
In addition to the query engine Radian has a big roster of built-in SQL functions, both spatial and non-spatial, which all work within that parallel scheme and Radian provides
a rich set of facilities to add very involved custom functions for execution within SQL using scripts in .NET or V8.
All that parallelism happens automatically with no need for any parallel coding or manual setup of tasks. Write the SQL you already know and Radian executes it as if a team of experts
had parallelized it for you. No need for weeks or months of scary effort that older tools require.
"Our Hadoop project was successful but totally unnecessary in terms of what it took to stand up. I am planning to do some work with the guys in [Europe] and the thought of even reconfiguring another Hadoop implementation gives me nightmares. Hence, my interest in building a high-performance Windows based computer for Radian.
" - Radian User.
Above: LiDAR terrain elevation data for Charles County, Maryland, from an ArcGIS REST server. Palette and hill shading done on-the-fly by Radian.
Radian's modern technology delivers the most sophisticated
spatial analytics in GIS or DBMS. Legacy packages have legacy limitations, such as separate layers or data sets
for polygons, lines and points or tedious preparation to assure no overlaps for spatial overlays. Radian provides
a rich selection of spatial engineering tools, both point-and-click templates as well as massively complete SQL
functions, that automatically handle any topology, no matter how strange, and simultaneously work with mixed
polygons, lines and points with automatic blending of mixed database values and mixed projections as well.
No other spatial data tool at any price can handle such difficult topological situations automatically.
Install one package and you have it all at your fingertips. No need to
buy expensive extras or to
struggle to integrate separate products. You know how some software wants to charge you a few thousand more
for the feature you need? Radian doesn't do that. Radian includes everything, right out
of the box. All the extras are already built-in. Launch Radian and you can do it all right away.
Radian was built from the ground up by a single, professional team as a totally
seamless and superlatively complete package that saves you time and money.
No need to figure out a jigsaw puzzle of quirky packages and no need to spend days playing software developer. Total Radian integration and
legendary Manifold quality set you free to focus on your business.
"When I said "Radian is much faster than PostgresSQL with uncomplicated SQL." I was thinking about the time I spend trying to get PostgresSQL server working rather than how fast queries work. [...]
For dweebs like me having to run a database server on your home computer is daunting so a program [like Radian] that has its own database functionality internal and local is much faster in terms of real effort time." - Forum post
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