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Publish/subscribe is a distributed interaction paradigm well adapted to the deployment of scalable and loosely coupled systems. Apache Kafka and RabbitMQ are two popular open-source and commercially-supported pub/sub systems that have been around for almost a decade and have seen wide adoption. Given the popularity of these two systems and the fact that both are branded as pub/sub systems, two frequently asked questions in the relevant online forums are: how do they compare against each other and which one to use? In this paper, we frame the arguments in a holistic approach by establishing a common comparison framework based on the core functionalities of pub/sub systems. Using this framework, we then venture into a qualitative and quantitative (i.e. empirical) comparison of the common features of the two systems. Additionally, we also highlight the distinct features that each of these systems has. After enumerating a set of use cases that are best suited for RabbitMQ or Kafka, we try to guide the reader through a determination table to choose the best architecture given his/her particular set of requirements.

Thu 22 Jun
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debs-2017-papers
10:30 - 12:10: DEBS Research Papers - Session 3: Publish/Subscribe at Sala d'Actes, Vertex Building
Chair(s): Mohammad SadoghiPurdue
debs-2017-papers10:30 - 10:55
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Pooya SalehiTechnical University of Munich, Kaiwen ZhangTU Munich, Hans-Arno JacobsenUniversity of Toronto
debs-2017-papers10:55 - 11:20
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Sukanya BhowmikUniversity of Stuttgart, Muhammad Adnan TariqUniversity of Stuttgart, Alexander BaloghUniversity of Stuttgart, Kurt RothermelUniversitaet Stuttgart
debs-2017-papers11:20 - 11:40
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Philippe DobbelaereNokia Bell Labs, Kyumars Sheykh EsmailiNokia Bell Labs
debs-2017-papers11:40 - 12:00
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Kyoungho AnRTI, Shweta KhareVanderbilt University, Anirüddhā GokhāléVanderbilt University