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gRPC vs Dubbo: What are the differences?

gRPC: A high performance, open-source universal RPC framework. gRPC is a modern open source high performance RPC framework that can run in any environment. It can efficiently connect services in and across data centers with pluggable support for load balancing, tracing, health checking..; Dubbo: A high performance Java RPC framework. It is a high-performance, light weight, java based RPC framework. Dubbo offers three key functionalities, which include interface based remote call, fault tolerance & load balancing, and automatic service registration & discovery.

gRPC and Dubbo belong to "Remote Procedure Call (RPC)" category of the tech stack.

Some of the features offered by gRPC are:

  • Simple service definition
  • Works across languages and platforms
  • Start quickly and scale

On the other hand, Dubbo provides the following key features:

  • Transparent interface based RPC
  • Intelligent load balancing
  • Automatic service registration and discovery

gRPC and Dubbo are both open source tools. It seems that Dubbo with 28.4K GitHub stars and 18.7K forks on GitHub has more adoption than gRPC with 22.5K GitHub stars and 5.25K GitHub forks.

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    It provides tools for developers to quickly build some of the common patterns in distributed systems.
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    Node.js uses an event-driven, non-blocking I/O model that makes it lightweight and efficient, perfect for data-intensive real-time applications that run across distributed devices.
    Kubernetes is an open source orchestration system for Docker containers. It handles scheduling onto nodes in a compute cluster and actively manages workloads to ensure that their state matches the users declared intentions.
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