This topic provides an overview of the major milestones and achievements of Alibaba Cloud MaxCompute.

Key milestones

Time Milestone
2009-09 The MaxCompute big data platform was officially launched.
2010-10 MaxCompute ran stably as Alibaba's first-generation cloud computing platform.
2013-08 A single cluster can manage as many as 5,000 servers.
2014-07 MaxCompute was released as a commercial service to completely replace open-source systems.
2015-2018 The MaxCompute platform grew mature with optimized performance and global presence. A single cluster can manage more than 10,000 servers.


  • In November 2018, Alibaba Cloud, represented by MaxCompute, DataWorks, and AnalyticDB, was positioned as a contender in Cloud Data Warehouse (CDW) in Forrester Wave's "Cloud Data Warehouse Report Q4 2018".
  • In the public cloud-based BigBench test held in September 2018, MaxCompute scored 18176.71 QPM performance in processing 100 TB data, twice the record in October 2017. In addition, MaxCompute's performance in processing ultra-small 10 TB data was three times that of other competitors.
  • In April 2018, MaxCompute's multiple customer cases won the "2017 Big Data Outstanding Product and Application Solution Cases Award".
  • In March 2018, MaxCompute made into the big data service list of Forrester's "Cloud Data Warehouse Report Q1 2018 ".
  • In March 2018, Gartner released its "Data Management Solutions for Analytics Magic Quadrant (MQ)" report. Alibaba Cloud entered the Gartner's Magic Quadrant as a cloud service provider.
  • In October 2017, world's first public cloud-based BigBench test was conducted on MaxCompute. MaxCompute processed more than 100 TB data with a performance of 7830 QPM, making it the first engine in the world to exceed 7000 QPM data processing performance.
  • In June 2017, MaxCompute won the Gold Medal at the China International Software Expo.
  • In the 2016 CloudSort competition, MaxCompute won the world championships of Indy (special purpose sort) and Daytona (general purpose sort) with a record of $0.82/TB, breaking the $4.51/TB record set by AWS in 2014.
  • In the 2015 GraySort benchmark competition, MaxCompute completed data sorting of 100 TB in 377 seconds, breaking the 1406 second record set by Apache Spark.


  • MaxCompute was certified as the first big data platform in China that supports 10,000 servers in one cluster by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT).
  • MaxCompute won certifications from China Academy for Information and Communications Technology (CAICT) and China Electronics Standardization Institute (CESI).

Global recognition for advancements in bigdata standards formulation

  • Alibaba is the only company in China that becomes the special member of TPCx-BB.
  • As the PMC member of the ORC community of world's top two computing and storage standardization open source systems, MaxCompute has contributed the most code to the community in the past two years. It has become the forerunner for storage standardization.
  • MaxCompute is actively involved in Apache Calcite, the world's most famous optimizer project. It has become a special member in this project, making Alibaba one of the two leading companies in the optimizer field in China.