Poll Results: Kafka Version Distribution

The results for Apache Kafka version distribution poll are in.  Thanks to everyone who took the time to vote!

The distribution pie chart is below, but we could summarize it as follows:

  • Only about 5% of Kafka 0.7.x users didn’t indicate they will upgrade to 0.8.2.x in the next 2 months
  • Only about 14% of Kafka 0.8.1.x users didn’t indicate they will upgrade to 0.8.2.x in the next 2 months
  • Over 42% of Kafka users are already using 0.8.2.x!
  • Over 80% of Kafka users say they will be using 0.8.2.x within the next 2 months!

It’s great to see Kafka users being so quick to migrate to the latest version of Kafka!  We’re extra happy to see such quick 0.8.2 adoption because we put a lot of effort into improving Kafka metric, as well as making all 100+ Kafka metrics available via SPM Kafka 0.8.2 monitoring a few weeks ago, right after Kafka 0.8.2 was released.

Apache Kafka Version Distribution

Apache Kafka Version Distribution


You may also want to check out the results of our recent Kafka Producer/Consumer language poll.


Kafka Poll: Version You Use?

UPDATE: Poll Results!

With Kafka 0.8.2 and being released and with the updated SPM for Kafka monitoring over 100 Kafka metrics, we thought it would be good to see which Kafka versions are being used in the wild.  Kafka 0.7.x was a strong and stable release used by many.  The 0.8.1.x release has been out since March 2014.  Kafka 0.8.2.x has been out for just a little while, but…. are there any people who are either already using it (we are!) or are about to upgrade to it? Please tweet this poll and help us spread the word, so we can get a good, statistically significant results.  We’ll publish the results here and via @sematext (follow us!) in a week.

Please tweet this poll and help us spread the word, so we can get a good, statistically significant results.  We’ll publish the results here and via @sematext (follow us!) in a week.

Poll Results: Kafka Producer/Consumer

About 10 days ago we ran a a poll about which languages/APIs people use when writing their Apache Kafka Producers and Consumers.  See Kafka Poll: Producer & Consumer Client.  We collected 130 votes so far.  The results were actually somewhat surprising!  Let’s share the numbers first!

Kafka Producer/Consumer Languages

Kafka Producer/Consumer Languages

What do you think?  Is that the breakdown you expected?  Here is what surprised us:

  • Java is the dominant language on the planet today, but less than 50% people use it with Kafka! Read: possible explanation for Java & Kafka.
  • Python is clearly popular and gaining in popularity, but at 13% it looks like it’s extra popular in Kafka context.
  • Go at 10-11% seems quite popular for a relatively young language.  One might expect Ruby to have more adoption here than Go because Ruby has been around much longer.
  • We put C/C++ in the poll because these languages are still in use, though we didn’t expect it to get 6% of votes.  However, considering C/C++ are still quite heavily used generally speaking, that’s actually a pretty low percentage.
  • JavaScript and NodeJS are surprisingly low at just 4%.  Any idea why?  Is the JavaScript Kafka API not up to date or bad or ….?
  • The “Other” category is relatively big, at a bit over 12%.  Did we forget some major languages people often use with Kafka?  Scala?  See info about the Kafka Scala API here.

Everyone and their cousin is using Kafka nowadays, or at least that’s what it looks like from where we at Sematext sit.  However, because of the relatively high percentage of people using Python and Go, we’d venture to say Kafka adoption is much stronger among younger, smaller companies, where Python and Go are used more than “enterprise languages”, like Java, C#, and C/C++.

Kafka Poll: Producer & Consumer Client

Kafka has become the de-facto standard for handling real-time streams in high-volume, data-intensive applications, and there are certainly a lot of those out there.  We thought it would be valuable to conduct a quick poll to find out which which implementation of Kafka Producers and Consumers people use – specifically, which programming languages do you use to produce and consume Kafka messages?

Please tweet this poll and help us spread the word, so we can get a good, statistically significant results.  We’ll publish the results here and via @sematext (follow us!) in a week.

NOTE #: If you choose “Other”, please leave a comment with additional info, so we can share this when we publish the results, too!

NOTE #2: The results are in! See http://blog.sematext.com/2015/01/28/kafka-poll-results-producer-consumer/

Please tweet this poll and help us spread the word, so we can get a good, statistically significant results.  We’ll publish the results hereand via @sematext (follow us!) in a week.

Solr Redis Plugin Use Cases and Performance Tests

The Solr Redis Plugin is an extension for Solr that provides a query parser that uses data stored in Redis. It is open-sourced on Github by Sematext. This tool is basically a QParserPlugin that establishes a connection to Redis and takes data stored in SET, ZRANGE and other Redis data structures in order to build a query. Data fetched from Redis is used in RedisQParser and is responsible for building a query. Moreover, this plugin provides a highlighter extension which can be used to highlight parts of aliased Solr Redis queries (this will be described in a future).

Use Case: Social Network

Imagine you have a social network and you want to implement a search solution that can search things like: events, interests, photos, and all your friends’ events, interests, and photos. A naive, Solr-only-based implementation would search over all documents and filter by a “friends” field. This requires denormalization and indexing the full list of friends into each document that belongs to a user. Building a query like this is just searching over documents and adding something like a “friends:1234″ clause to the query. It seems simple to implement, but the reality is that this is a terrible solution when you need to update a list of friends because it requires a modification of each document. So when the number of documents (e.g., photos, events, interests, friends and their items) connected with a user grows, the number of potential updates rises dramatically and each modification of connections between users becomes a nightmare. Imagine a person with 10 photos and 100 friends (all of which have their photos, events, interests, etc.).  When this person gets the 101th friend, the naive system with flattened data would have to update a lot of documents/rows.  As we all know, in a social network connections between people are constantly being created and removed, so such a naive Solr-only system could not really scale.

Social networks also have one very important attribute: the number of connections of a single user is typically not expressed in millions. That number is typically relatively small — tens, hundreds, sometimes thousands. This begs the question: why not carry information about user connections in each query sent to a search engine? That way, instead of sending queries with clause “friends:1234,” we can simply send queries with multiple user IDs connected by an “OR” operator. When a query has all the information needed to search entities that belong to a user’s friends, there is no need to store a list of friends in each user’s document. Storing user connections in each query leads to sending of rather large queries to a search engine; each of them containing multiple terms containing user ID (e.g., id:5 OR id:10 OR id:100 OR …) connected by a disjunction operator. When the number of terms grows the query requests become very big. And that’s a problem, because preparing it and sending it to a search engine over the network becomes awkward and slow.

How Does It Work?

The image below presents how Solr Redis Plugin works.

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Solr Presentations from Lucene/Solr Revolution 2014

Thanks to everyone who stopped by the Sematext booth at last week’s Lucene/Solr Revolution event in Washington, DC and attended our two talks:

The attendance, questions and interest are very much appreciated.  As a company that prides itself on its Solr expertise (and Elasticsearch expertise too, for that matter), it was nice to spend a couple days talking about search and Big Data challenges, performance monitoring and logging with fellow experts from around the world. Here are the slides for the two talks we gave (summaries of the talks can be found here):


  Videos of the talks will be posted here soon.  Hope to see everyone again next year!


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