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

Key milestones

  • In September 2009, the ODPS big data platform, which is the predecessor of MaxCompute, was officially launched.
  • In October 2010, ODPS ran stably as the first-generation cloud computing platform developed by Alibaba Group.
  • As of August 2013, a maximum of 5,000 servers can be deployed in a single cluster.
  • In July 2014, ODPS was released for commercial use to completely replace open source systems.
  • Between the years 2015 and 2018, the platform grew to maturity with optimized performance and global presence. More than 10,000 servers can be deployed in a single cluster. ODPS was renamed MaxCompute.


  • In November 2018, Alibaba Cloud, represented by MaxCompute, DataWorks, and AnalyticDB, was positioned as a contender in Cloud Data Warehouse (CDW) in Forrester Wave™ Cloud Data Warehouse, Q4 2018.
  • In the public cloud-based BigBench test in September 2018, the performance of MaxCompute in processing 100 TB of data reached 18,176.71 queries per minute (QPM), which doubled that from October 2017. In addition, the performance of MaxCompute in processing ultra-small 10 TB of data was three times that of other competitors.
  • In April 2018, several customer cases related to MaxCompute won the "2017 Big Data Outstanding Product and Application Solution Cases Award."
  • In March 2018, MaxCompute made it onto the big data service list of Forrester Wave™ Cloud Data Warehouse, Q1 2018.
  • In March 2018, Gartner released its "2017 Magic Quadrant for Data Management Solutions for Analytics (DMSA) Magic Quadrant (MQ)" report. Alibaba Cloud entered the Magic Quadrant as a cloud service provider.
  • In October 2017, the first public cloud-based BigBench test was conducted on MaxCompute. MaxCompute processed more than 100 TB of data with a performance of 7,830 QPM, making it the first engine in the world to exceed the data processing performance of 7,000 QPM.
  • In June 2017, MaxCompute won the Gold Medal at the China International Software Expo.
  • In the CloudSort competition in November 2016, MaxCompute won the world championships of Indy (special-purpose sort) and Daytona (general-purpose sort) with a record of USD 0.82/TB. This breaks the USD 4.51/TB record set by Amazon Web Services (AWS) in 2014.
  • In the GraySort benchmark competition in October 2015, MaxCompute completed the sorting of 100 TB data in 377 seconds, which broke the 1,406-second record set by Apache Spark.


  • MaxCompute was certified by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) as the first big data platform in mainland China that can support up to 10,000 servers in one cluster.
  • MaxCompute attained certifications from China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT) and China Electronics Standardization Institute (CESI).
  • MaxCompute has passed an independent third-party audit on compliance with the trust services criteria for security, availability, and confidentiality established by American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). For more information about the audit report, see SOC 3 Report.

Global recognition for advancements in the formulation of big data standards

  • Alibaba, represented by MaxCompute, is the only company in mainland China to become a special member of the Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC) for TPCx-BB.
  • Optimized Row Columnar (ORC) is one of the top two open source systems for computing and storage standardization. As a Production Material Control (PMC) member of the ORC community, MaxCompute has contributed the most code to the community in the past two years. MaxCompute has become the forerunner for storage standardization.
  • MaxCompute is an active player in Apache Calcite, the most famous optimizer project in the world. It has become a special member of this project, making Alibaba one of the two leading companies in the optimizer field in mainland China.