From the webpage:
Akka is the platform for the next generation event-driven, scalable and fault-tolerant architectures on the JVM
We believe that writing correct concurrent, fault-tolerant and scalable applications is too hard. Most of the time it’s because we are using the wrong tools and the wrong level of abstraction.
Akka is here to change that.
Using the Actor Model together with Software Transactional Memory we raise the abstraction level and provide a better platform to build correct concurrent and scalable applications.
For fault-tolerance we adopt the “Let it crash” / “Embrace failure” model which have been used with great success in the telecom industry to build applications that self-heal, systems that never stop.
Actors also provides the abstraction for transparent distribution and the basis for truly scalable and fault-tolerant applications.
Akka is Open Source and available under the Apache 2 License.
I am increasingly convinced that “we are using the wrong tools and the wrong level of abstraction.”
Everyone seems to agree on that part. Where they differ is on the right tool and right level of abstraction.
I suspect the disagreement isn’t going away. But I mention Akka in case it seems like the right tool and right level of abstraction to you.
I would be mindful that the marketplace for non-concurrent, not so scalable semantic applications is quite large. Think of it this way, someone has the be the “Office” of semantic applications. May as well be you. Leave the high-end, difficult stuff to others.