A Better Experience
Manifold is a new GIS and 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. Manifold 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.
Map created with Manifold Release 9 using vector drawings, geocoded data and web server background.
Manifold Release 9 is built on the Radian spatial database engine, 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 Manifold on your desktop. Manifold effortlessly cascades
and nests hierarchies of projects with zero pass-through performance hit, so a single Manifold 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.
Manifold is so much faster than any traditional spatial file formats that you'll probably want to
upgrade your inventory of spatial files to use Manifold as your data store. Once transferred into Manifold 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 technology in action Watch the Gulf Bathymetry YouTube video
of Manifold Viewer opening a project file in 1/10th second that the US Government website providing the data warned will take ESRI software 30 minutes to open in the equivalent ESRI native format.
That's thousands of times faster for Manifold. Viewer effortlessly hill shades and styles and re-projects on the fly 7.5 GB of ultra-high resolution bathymetry data for the Gulf of Mexico. Re-projection can take hours in other packages but Viewer and Manifold do it on the fly, instantly.
Apply the effortless, easy power of Manifold point-and-click dialogs or the infinite power of
automatically parallel Manifold SQL. Manifold 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 Manifold can often be done in a second or two in Manifold. 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.
Manifold is the real deal: Nothing else comes close.
"Input: 220803 areas (coord count 4 to 841654, often highly convoluted). Output: 29306396 convex areas. Incredibly fast.." - Forum post on convex decomposition of polygons, in Manifold an easy function.
Parallel, Distributed SQL
Built upon manycore parallel CPU and massively parallel GPU DBMS infrastructure, Manifold 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 Manifold 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 Manifold in action Watch the Triangulate 5 Million Points YouTube video
of Manifold previewing in one second a triangulation of over five million points, and then writing out the triangulation as a new drawing with over ten million areas in three minutes. Other GIS software takes from well over an hour for that to even more than a day. 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 Manifold has a big roster of built-in SQL functions, both spatial and non-spatial, which all work within that parallel scheme and Manifold 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 Manifold 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.
" - Manifold User.
Above: LiDAR terrain elevation data for Charles County, Maryland, from an ArcGIS REST server. Palette and hill shading done on-the-fly by Manifold.
Manifold'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. Manifold 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.
See Radian technology in action Watch the Maryland LiDAR REST Server YouTube video
showing the LiDAR data set illustrated above. Try it yourself with Manifold Viewer.
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? Manifold doesn't do that. Manifold includes everything, right out
of the box. All the extras are already built-in. Launch Manifold and you can do it all right away.
Manifold 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 Manifold integration and
legendary Manifold quality set you free to focus on your business.
See Radian technology in action Watch the Big Data GeoAnalytics video on the gisadvising blog, demonstrating how Radian-based Manifold Release 9 accomplishes in seconds on your desktop what requires costly server clusters in other systems. Try it yourself for free with Future Viewer.
"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
Experience Radian Power in a Free Tool
Manifold Viewer is a read-only subset of Manifold Release 9. Although Viewer cannot write projects or save edited data back out to the original data sources, Viewer provides phenomenal capability to view and to analyze almost all possible different types of data in tables, vector geometry, raster data, drawings, maps and images from thousands of different sources. Manifold Viewer delivers a truly useful, Radian technology tool you can use for free to experience Radian power firsthand.
See Viewer in action Watch the Manifold Viewer Introduction YouTube video.
Get Manifold Viewer
Looking for world-class GIS in a classic product? Get Manifold System Release 8. Created by the makers of Manifold Release 9, Release 8 delivers by far the world's most reliable classic GIS, providing unmatched breadth and depth of professional and enterprise class power. Nothing else comes close at any price.
Release 8 delivers the world's best classic GIS together with exceptional data capabilities for a GIS. Release 9 delivers the world's best GIS with unmatched power and performance in GIS. Run Release 8 for entry level, classic GIS, or run Release 9 for superior, ultrafast GIS work, or get both products for your toolbox to enjoy a vast range of GIS and spatial data engineering capabilities no other ensemble can match.
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