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Log Compaction | Highlights in the Kafka and Stream Processing Community | January 2016

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Happy 2016! Wishing you a wonderful, highly scalable, and very reliable year. Log Compaction is a monthly digest of highlights in the Apache Kafka and stream processing community. Got a newsworthy item? Let us know.

Many things have happened since we last shared the state of Apache Kafka and the streams ecosystem. Lets take a look!

  • Kafka 0.9 was released and so was Confluent Platform 2.0
  • The call for proposals for Kafka Summit is closing soon – submit your abstract by Monday, January 11! Make it your new year’s resolution to participate more in the Kafka community and you can start by registering for the conference. Catch the Early Bird price (save $100) before it expires on January 15. 
  • Congratulations to Ewen Cheslack-Postava who joined Apache Kafka as a committer! We wish him much success and many patch reviews.
  • Kafka 0.9 added protocol support for managing groups so that clients no longer need to interact with ZooKeeper directly. KIP-40 gives a design for adding protocol support for clients to list available groups and to show the group members and their lag. The protocol is implemented in the new ConsumerGroupCommand (kafka-consumer-groups.sh), and is also available for use by 3rd party clients.
  • Kafka currently only supports a “logical” notion of time – the message offset, which indicates a relative order of messages. Many users want to be able to know the physical time that a message was produced. KIP-32, which is in active discussions and voting, will add a timestamp field to each Kafka message, indicating the time the client created the message. This would eventually allow adding special indexes and also support consuming messages based on their timestamp.
  • Kafka Connect is a new feature introduced in 0.9 that makes it really easy to directly integrate Kafka with external data systems like RDBMS’s or Hadoop. This tutorial shows how to use Kafka Connect to get events from a relational database to Kafka, and from there to HDFS and Hive, including automated partitioning of the data and updates to the Hive schema.
  • Looking to use Kafka with Spring for stream processing? There’s a 5-part blog post on how to do just that.
  • Yahoo published a benchmark comparing popular stream processing frameworks – Storm, SparkStreaming, and Flink.
  • At the first Seattle Kafka Meetup this past November, Microsoft shared how they use Kafka in Bing. One trillion messages per day!
  • Kafka, The Definitive Guide is now available for pre-order from O’Reilly.
  • Gwen Shapira is a Software Enginner at Confluent. She has 15 years of experience working with code and customers to build scalable data architectures, integrating relational and big data technologies. She currently specialises in building real-time reliable data processing pipelines using Apache Kafka. Gwen is an Oracle Ace Director, an author of books including “Kafka, the Definitive Guide”, and a frequent presenter at data related conferences. Gwen is also a committer on the Apache Kafka and Apache Sqoop projects.

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