November 10, 2011

StreamBase catchup

While I was cryptic in my general CEP/streaming catchup, I’ll say a bit more regarding StreamBase in particular. At the highest level, non-technically:

Not coincidental to these shifts in focus, StreamBase was our client, then stopped being one for a while, and now is a client again.

StreamBase (the product set) consists primarily of three things (LiveView aside):

One important set of ancillary products are StreamBase’s connectors to various data sources — StreamBase offers about 125 of its own, a number that approaches 200 when community contributions are included.

StreamBase has a second programming language called StreamSQL, but that’s rarely used except for embedding in or connecting to third-party software. EventFlow and StreamSQL compile to nearly identical byte code. (The main difference seems to be that as a practical matter you’ll name things a bit differently in the two languages, focusing on verbs in EventFlow and nouns in StreamSQL.)

StreamBase says that in the financial trading market, great performance out of the box equates to better time-to-value, since you are spared time you’d otherwise have to spend tuning the system. Implicit in that is a claim — which competitors might dispute 🙂 — that StreamBase has great performance. StreamBase fondly thinks that having a domain-specific language gives it a leg up in achieving great compiler optimization. (The same would presumably apply to StreamBase’s competitors, but only if they have optimizing compilers themselves.)

One point that’s a little unusual for me these days is that StreamBase favors big SMP (Symmetric MultiProcessing) boxes over blade-based scale-out. 16+ cores and 256 gigabytes of RAM are not uncommon. Clusters commonly include 4-8 machines, but rarely more; the largest StreamBase cluster evidently contains 36 machines.

And with that I’ll turn to StreamBase’s newest offering, LiveView.


2 Responses to “StreamBase catchup”

  1. Very brief CEP/streaming catchup : DBMS 2 : DataBase Management System Services on November 10th, 2011 10:34 pm

    […] have more to say about StreamBase […]

  2. StreamBase LiveView — push-based real-time BI : DBMS 2 : DataBase Management System Services on November 10th, 2011 10:38 pm

    […] is a business intelligence and alerting suite built on/in the rest of StreamBase’s technology, meant to operate on streaming […]

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