June 03-06, 2024 — Summit announcements

The following major features and enhancements were announced during Summit 2024.

Important

This topic does not include every feature or enhancement announced during Summit 2024. In particular, it does not include features and enhancements that were announced, but are not yet in public preview or generally available.

New features

Specify appearance in Snowsight — Preview

With this release, we are pleased to announce the preview of specifying appearance, often referred to as dark mode, in Snowsight. You can now specify the color scheme for Snowsight, including a scheme using darker colors with light text on a dark background designed to reduce eye strain in low-light conditions and provide a comfortable browsing experience for users who prefer darker color palettes.

This new feature includes three settings:

  • System - Use the same mode as specified by the operating system running Snowsight.

  • Light - Traditional dark characters on a lighter background, typically used in normal daylight.

  • Dark - Light text on a dark background to reduce eye strain in low-light conditions.

For more information and to learn how to specify appearance in Snowsight, see Specify appearance.

Snowflake Native SDK for Connectors — Preview

We are pleased to announce the preview of the Snowflake Native SDK for Connectors.

The Snowflake Native SDK for Connectors is a library with templates and quickstarts in Java that you can use to quickly build your own Snowflake Native App based Connectors to easily ingest data from an external data source into Snowflake. The sample connector in the SDK outlines best practices to ingest data and customize application flows, along with ready-to-use code blocks for your own ingestion logic.

For more information see Snowflake Native SDK for Connectors.

Snowflake Notebooks — Preview

We are pleased to announce the preview of Snowflake Notebooks. Snowflake Notebooks is a development interface in Snowsight that offers an interactive, cell-based programming environment for Python and SQL. In Snowflake Notebooks, you can perform exploratory data analysis, develop machine learning models, and perform other data science and data engineering tasks all in one place.

For more information, see About Snowflake Notebooks.

Snowpark pandas API — Preview

We are pleased to announce the preview of the Snowpark pandas API. The Snowpark pandas API lets you run your pandas code directly on your data in Snowflake.

Just by changing the import statement and a few lines of code, you can get the same pandas-native experience with the scalability and security benefits of Snowflake. With this API, you can work with much larger datasets so you can avoid rewriting your pandas pipelines to other big data frameworks. Snowpark pandas runs workloads natively in Snowflake through transpilation to SQL, enabling it to take advantage of parallelization and the data governance and security benefits of Snowflake.

For more information, see Snowpark pandas API.

Snowflake Cortex Fine-Tuning — Preview

Fine-tuning allows users to adapt pre-trained models to more specialized tasks. If you don’t want the high cost of training a large model from scratch but need better latency and results than you’re getting from prompt engineering or even retrieval augmented generation (RAG) methods, fine-tuning an existing large model is an option. Fine-tuning allows you to use examples to adjust the behavior of the model and improve the model’s knowledge of domain-specific tasks.

Cortex Fine-Tuning is a fully managed service that lets you fine-tune popular large language models using your data all within Snowflake.

For more information, see Fine-tuning (Snowflake Cortex).

Snowflake Native Apps with Snowpark Container Services — Preview

We are pleased to announce the preview of Snowpark Native Apps with Snowpark Container Services.

Snowflake Native Apps with Snowpark Container Services allows you to run any containerized service supported by Snowpark Container Services within a Snowflake Native App. Snowflake Native Apps with Snowpark Container Services leverage all of the features of the Snowflake Native App Framework, including provider IP protection, security and governance, data sharing, monetization, and integration with compute resources.

For more information, see About Snowflake Native Apps with Snowpark Container Services.

Iceberg tables — General availability

With this release, we are pleased to announce the general availability of Iceberg tables for Snowflake.

Iceberg tables for Snowflake combine the performance and query semantics of regular Snowflake tables with external cloud storage that you manage. They are ideal for maintaining a single copy of data with interoperability across a variety of compute engines.

For more information, see Iceberg tables.

Extensibility updates

Snowpark Python local testing framework — General availability

We are pleased to announce the general availability of the Snowpark Python local testing framework, which was previously available as a preview feature. This local testing framework is an emulator that lets you test your Python code locally when working with the Snowpark Python library.

The Snowpark Python local testing framework allows you to create and operate on Snowpark Python DataFrames locally without connecting to a Snowflake account. You can use the local testing framework to test your DataFrame operations on your development machine or in a CI (continuous integration) pipeline before deploying code changes to your account. The API is the same, so you can either run your tests locally or against a Snowflake account without making code changes.

For more information, see Local Testing Framework.

Snowsight updates

Universal Search — General availability

We are pleased to announce the general availability of Universal Search in Snowsight.

With Universal Search, you find even more objects than before, quickly and securely. Searching from the Search tab finds tables, functions, databases, data products available to you in the Snowflake Marketplace, relevant Snowflake Documentation topics, and related articles in the Snowflake Community Knowledge Base. With general availability, Universal Search now includes worksheets and dashboards in your search results. Whether you enter a single word or a complete question in natural language, Universal Search can interpret your query by using your customizable Snowflake asset metadata.

For more information, see Search Snowflake objects and resources.