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Kafka vs Starling: What are the differences?

Developers describe Kafka as "Distributed, fault tolerant, high throughput pub-sub messaging system". Kafka is a distributed, partitioned, replicated commit log service. It provides the functionality of a messaging system, but with a unique design. On the other hand, Starling is detailed as "A light weight server for reliable distributed message passing". Starling is a powerful but simple messaging server that enables reliable distributed queuing with an absolutely minimal overhead. It speaks the MemCache protocol for maximum cross-platform compatibility. Any language that speaks MemCache can take advantage of Starling's queue facilities.

Kafka and Starling belong to "Message Queue" category of the tech stack.

Some of the features offered by Kafka are:

  • Written at LinkedIn in Scala
  • Used by LinkedIn to offload processing of all page and other views
  • Defaults to using persistence, uses OS disk cache for hot data (has higher throughput then any of the above having persistence enabled)

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

  • Written by Blaine Cook at Twitter
  • Starling is a Message Queue Server based on MemCached
  • Written in Ruby

Kafka and Starling are both open source tools. Kafka with 12.7K GitHub stars and 6.81K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Starling with 468 GitHub stars and 63 GitHub forks.

What is Kafka?

Kafka is a distributed, partitioned, replicated commit log service. It provides the functionality of a messaging system, but with a unique design.

What is Starling?

Starling is a powerful but simple messaging server that enables reliable distributed queuing with an absolutely minimal overhead. It speaks the MemCache protocol for maximum cross-platform compatibility. Any language that speaks MemCache can take advantage of Starling's queue facilities.
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        What are some alternatives to Kafka and Starling?
        ActiveMQ
        Apache ActiveMQ is fast, supports many Cross Language Clients and Protocols, comes with easy to use Enterprise Integration Patterns and many advanced features while fully supporting JMS 1.1 and J2EE 1.4. Apache ActiveMQ is released under the Apache 2.0 License.
        RabbitMQ
        RabbitMQ gives your applications a common platform to send and receive messages, and your messages a safe place to live until received.
        Amazon Kinesis
        Amazon Kinesis can collect and process hundreds of gigabytes of data per second from hundreds of thousands of sources, allowing you to easily write applications that process information in real-time, from sources such as web site click-streams, marketing and financial information, manufacturing instrumentation and social media, and operational logs and metering data.
        Apache Spark
        Spark is a fast and general processing engine compatible with Hadoop data. It can run in Hadoop clusters through YARN or Spark's standalone mode, and it can process data in HDFS, HBase, Cassandra, Hive, and any Hadoop InputFormat. It is designed to perform both batch processing (similar to MapReduce) and new workloads like streaming, interactive queries, and machine learning.
        Akka
        Akka is a toolkit and runtime for building highly concurrent, distributed, and resilient message-driven applications on the JVM.
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        Decisions about Kafka and Starling
        Roman Bulgakov
        Roman Bulgakov
        Senior Back-End Developer, Software Architect at Chemondis GmbH | 3 upvotes 10.5K views
        Kafka
        Kafka

        I use Kafka because it has almost infinite scaleability in terms of processing events (could be scaled to process hundreds of thousands of events), great monitoring (all sorts of metrics are exposed via JMX).

        Downsides of using Kafka are: - you have to deal with Zookeeper - you have to implement advanced routing yourself (compared to RabbitMQ it has no advanced routing)

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        Kafka
        Kafka
        RabbitMQ
        RabbitMQ

        The question for which Message Queue to use mentioned "availability, distributed, scalability, and monitoring". I don't think that this excludes many options already. I does not sound like you would take advantage of Kafka's strengths (replayability, based on an even sourcing architecture). You could pick one of the AMQP options.

        I would recommend the RabbitMQ message broker, which not only implements the AMQP standard 0.9.1 (it can support 1.x or other protocols as well) but has also several very useful extensions built in. It ticks the boxes you mentioned and on top you will get a very flexible system, that allows you to build the architecture, pick the options and trade-offs that suite your case best.

        For more information about RabbitMQ, please have a look at the linked markdown I assembled. The second half explains many configuration options. It also contains links to managed hosting and to libraries (though it is missing Python's - which should be Puka, I assume).

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        Fr茅d茅ric MARAND
        Fr茅d茅ric MARAND
        Core Developer at OSInet | 2 upvotes 121.9K views
        atOSInetOSInet
        Beanstalkd
        Beanstalkd
        RabbitMQ
        RabbitMQ
        Kafka
        Kafka

        I used Kafka originally because it was mandated as part of the top-level IT requirements at a Fortune 500 client. What I found was that it was orders of magnitude more complex ...and powerful than my daily Beanstalkd , and far more flexible, resilient, and manageable than RabbitMQ.

        So for any case where utmost flexibility and resilience are part of the deal, I would use Kafka again. But due to the complexities involved, for any time where this level of scalability is not required, I would probably just use Beanstalkd for its simplicity.

        I tend to find RabbitMQ to be in an uncomfortable middle place between these two extremities.

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        How developers use Kafka and Starling
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        Pinterest uses KafkaKafka

        http://media.tumblr.com/d319bd2624d20c8a81f77127d3c878d0/tumblr_inline_nanyv6GCKl1s1gqll.png

        Front-end messages are logged to Kafka by our API and application servers. We have batch processing (on the middle-left) and real-time processing (on the middle-right) pipelines to process the experiment data. For batch processing, after daily raw log get to s3, we start our nightly experiment workflow to figure out experiment users groups and experiment metrics. We use our in-house workflow management system Pinball to manage the dependencies of all these MapReduce jobs.

        Avatar of Coolfront Technologies
        Coolfront Technologies uses KafkaKafka

        Building out real-time streaming server to present data insights to Coolfront Mobile customers and internal sales and marketing teams.

        Avatar of ShareThis
        ShareThis uses KafkaKafka

        We are using Kafka as a message queue to process our widget logs.

        Avatar of Christopher Davison
        Christopher Davison uses KafkaKafka

        Used for communications and triggering jobs across ETL systems

        Avatar of theskyinflames
        theskyinflames uses KafkaKafka

        Used as a integration middleware by messaging interchanging.

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