Introduction to Polymach / Fornax

Thursday 13 November 2014, 6.00pm - 8.00pm

The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London WC2E 7HA. The nearest underground stations are Covent Garden and Charing Cross.

Abraham Zaaiman (Abri) and John Bisseru


Polymach is an object-orientated (noSQL) technology which is industrially proven, ultra-reliable, very fast, very secure, very small and creates a ‘Virtual Machine’ environment which runs Polymach programs using a Fornax engine, across any computer platform (regardless of hardware and software without any modifications to the program’s code).

Its constituent parts are a program execution, data storage and processing engine (‘Fornax’) and a programming language Application Program Interface ('Polymach API'), which is available for most programming languages. The Polymach API converts requests into binary objects that conform to the ‘Virtual Machine’ object structures. The only requirement is an OS and hardware-specific Fornax engine which processes the objects, and responds to the Polymach Client requests again using the Fornax 'Virtual Machine’ object format.

Execution by Fornax takes place directly against these objects without translation, and enables Fornax to process in true parallel fashion. Some features include dynamically converting the request's instruction flow into frames ('Strips' - which are also objects) and these may be executed by any Fornax.

Objects include: ‘Classes’, which may be 'Instantiated" into ‘Instances’ (a parallel in the SQL context of table definitions [Classes], and data rows [Instances]), and are designed to implement full inheritance, versioning, encryption (including custom-encryption) and access control according to owner specifications. Relations between objects are implemented as object identifier matrixes ('Associations'). Experimental matrices can be constructed programmatically, useful in analysis and 'canned queries'.


Abraham Zaaiman (Abri), Founder and Technical Director of Polymach Ltd.

Abri has a multi-facetted background, studying as a geologist before moving in to the field of I.T. in 1969. Since then he has worked in a number of roles, often concurrently, which includes software development though its entire life-cycle - including P.C.’s, Midi’s and Mainframes.

In the early 70’s, and primarily as a ‘hobby’, Abri started with the research and development of a unique ‘object database’ - Polymach.

This ‘hobby’ continued through the 1980’s, as he moved away from pure technical work to setting and implementing standards for a number of large military projects, where he was involved in its integration, configuration management, change management and quality management.

In the 1990’s and 2000 Abri worked in commercial environments, typically with large international projects that ran into trouble, but primarily with project quality and implementation management, interface definitions, standards and procedures establishment and integration.

On returning to South Africa in 2001, the first operational system of Polymach was ready, and it was subsequently installed with our first clients. This was updated with the next release of the engine during 2010 and more recently in early 2013 with the advanced, distributed engine and transaction processor version.

2014 sees the Polymach concept and capability grow.

John Bisseru, Founder and Director of Polymach.

John studied PPE (Politics Philosophy & Economics) at University of Essex, after which he joined the army, undertaking the graduate course at Sandhurst and a subsequent ‘special-to-arm’ course at the School of Infantry at Warminster. He was commissioned as an infantry officer in to the Queens Regiment, serving with 5 Airborne Brigade and 16 Air Assault Brigade.

In 1995, he studied Defence Economics (University of York) and in 1997 a Finance & Accounting (Business Management & Appreciation) at the University of Westminster.

In 1998 John moved in to the Technology - Media - Telecoms sector (TMT) where he worked with a U.S. start-up, funded by Softbank Capital, which was subsequently sold to Lockheed Martin Information Management Systems.

In 2001 John returned back to the U.K. where he worked extensively with mobile technology, and became involved with Polymach.


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