Dato Core Open Source

SFrame™, the fast, scalable engine of GraphLab Create™ is now open source.

The SFrame project provides the complete implementation of the following:

  • SFrame
  • SArray
  • SGraph
  • The C++ SDK surface area (gl_sframe, gl_sarray, gl_sgraph)
  • Support for strictly typed columns (int, float, str, datetime), weakly typed columns (schema free lists, dictionaries) as well as specialized types such as Image.
  • Uniform support for missing data.
  • Query optimization and Lazy evaluation.
  • A Python API (SArray, SFrame, SGraph) with an indirect access via an interprocess layer.

SFrame is available under a BSD license. See our License Policy or the SFrame GitHub repo for details.

What is GraphLab Create™?

GraphLab Create™ is a Python library that includes the following:

  • a simple Python interface on top of a fast C++ engine
  • out-of-core support for graphs and tabular data with SFrame and SGraph
  • scalable machine learning modules such as boosted decision trees, deep learning and text analytics
  • auto-tuning of parameters for classification and recommendation models
  • built-in integration with SPARK, Hadoop, Apache Avro and OBDC connectors
  • ability to deploy a model to a RESTful predictive service
  • seamless integration with AWS EC2 and S3 for scalable compute and storage
  • visualization of data, jobs and predictive services with GraphLab Canvas™
  • developer SDK to enable extensibility in algorithms, data connectors and more on top of the C++ engine


On October 15, 2014, at Strata + HadoopWorld, we announced the general availability of our flagship product, GraphLab Create™ 1.0,

We saw an opportunity to propel the field of data science forward and to make machine learning more powerful for data scientists and more accessible to software engineers. The team learned from the academic, open source PowerGraph project and built our flagship product, GraphLab Create™. We took power and speed to the next level with innovations like SFrames and SGraph plus made the entire development workflow more usable with a simple Python API, advanced machine learning toolkits and the ability to deploy predictive services directly to the Cloud. With GraphLab Create™, I really believe we can Unleash Data Science™ from inspiration to production.”

- Carlos Guestrin, CEO, Dato

What happened to GraphLab.org? GraphLab.org was a website focused on the GraphLab PowerGraph and GraphChi academic, open source projects. We have now consolidated our web properties to Dato.com and forum.dato.com . All of the great information previously available on GraphLab.org is now accessible at the GraphLab PowerGraph github repo .