Amazon Neptune Engine Version (2020-10-12) - Amazon Neptune

Amazon Neptune Engine Version (2020-10-12)

As of 2020-10-12, engine version is being generally deployed. Please note that it takes several days for a new release to become available in every region.

Subsequent Patch Releases for This Release

New Features in This Engine Release

  • Added frame-level compression for Gremlin.

Improvements in This Engine Release

  • Amazon Neptune now requires the use of the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) with the TLSv1.2 protocol for all connections to Neptune in all regions, using these strong cipher suites:







    This is true for both REST and WebSocket connections to Neptune, and means that you must use HTTPS rather than HTTP when connecting to Neptune in all regions.

    Because client connections using TLS 1.1 are no longer supported anywhere, the neptune_enforce_ssl DB cluster parameter is no longer necessary.


    If you are using TLS 1.1 to connect to Neptune, please update your client to use TLS 1.2 before upgrading to this engine release.

  • Upgraded TinkerPop to version 3.4.8. This is a backwards compatible upgrade. See the TinkerPop change log for what's new.

  • Improved performance for the Gremlin properties() step.

  • Added details about BindOp and MultiplexerOp in explain and profile reports.

  • Added data prefetch to improve performance when there are cache misses.

  • Added a new allowEmptyStrings setting in the bulk loader's parserConfiguration parameter that allows empty strings to be treated as valid property values in CSV loads (see Neptune Loader Request Parameters).

  • The loader now allows an escaped semicolon in multivalue CSV columns.

Defects Fixed in This Engine Release

  • Fixed a potential Gremlin memory leak related to the both() step.

  • Fixed a bug where request metrics were missing because an endpoint ending in '/' was not being handled correctly.

  • Fix a bug that caused replicas to fall behind and restart under heavy load when the DFE engine is enabled in lab mode.

  • Fixed a bug that prevented the correct error message from being reported when a bulk load failed because of an out-of-memory condition.

  • Fixed a SPARQL bug where the character encoding was placed in the Content-Encoding header in SPARQL query responses. Now charset is placed in the Content-Type header instead, enabling HTTP clients to recognize the character set being used automatically.

Query-Language Versions Supported in This Release

Before upgrading a DB cluster to version, make sure that your project is compatible with these query-language versions:

  • Gremlin version: 3.4.8

  • SPARQL version: 1.1

Upgrade Paths to Engine Release

You can manually upgrade any previous Neptune engine release to this release.

You will not automatically upgrade to this release.

Upgrading to This Release

Amazon Neptune is now generally available.

If a DB cluster is running an engine version from which there is an upgrade path to this release, it is eligible to be upgraded now. You can upgrade any eligible cluster using the DB cluster operations on the console or by using the SDK. The following CLI command will upgrade an eligible cluster immediately:

For Linux, OS X, or Unix:

aws neptune modify-db-cluster \ --db-cluster-identifier <your-neptune-cluster> \ --engine-version \ --apply-immediately

For Windows:

aws neptune modify-db-cluster ^ --db-cluster-identifier <your-neptune-cluster> ^ --engine-version ^ --apply-immediately

Updates are applied to all instances in a DB cluster simultaneously. An update requires a database restart on those instances, so you will experience downtime ranging from 20–30 seconds to several minutes, after which you can resume using the DB cluster.

For more information about upgrading your engine version, see Neptune Engine Updates. If you have any questions or concerns, the AWS Support team is available on the community forums and through AWS Premium Support.