Application developers and architects today are interested in making their applications as real-time as possible. To make an application respond to events as they happen, developers need a reliable way to move data as it is generated across different systems, one event at a time. In other words, these applications need messaging.
Messaging solutions have existed for a long time. However, when compared to legacy systems, newer solutions like Apache Kafka offer higher performance, more scalability, and better integration with the Hadoop ecosystem. Kafka and similar systems are based on drastically different assumptions than legacy systems and have vastly different architectures. But do these benefits outweigh any tradeoffs in functionality? Ted Dunning dives into the architectural details and tradeoffs of both legacy and new messaging solutions to find the ideal messaging system for Hadoop.
Ted Dunning is chief application architect at MapR Technologies. He’s also a board member for the Apache Software Foundation, a PMC member and committer of the Apache Mahout, Apache Zookeeper, and Apache Drill projects, and a mentor for various incubator projects. Ted has years of experience with machine learning and other big data solutions across a range of sectors. He has contributed to clustering, classification, and matrix decomposition algorithms in Mahout and to the new Mahout Math library and designed the t-digest algorithm used in several open source projects and by a variety of companies. Previously, Ted was chief architect behind the MusicMatch (now Yahoo Music) and Veoh recommendation systems and built fraud-detection systems for ID Analytics (LifeLock). Ted has coauthored a number of books on big data topics, including several published by O’Reilly related to machine learning, and has 24 issued patents to date plus a dozen pending. He holds a PhD in computing science from the University of Sheffield. When he’s not doing data science, he plays guitar and mandolin. He also bought the beer at the first Hadoop user group meeting.
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