Is DBToaster right for you?

DBToaster generates lightweight, specialized, embeddable query engines for applications that require real-time, low-latency data processing and monitoring capabilities. The DBToaster compiler accepts queries written in SQL and generates code that can be easily incorporated into any C++ or JVM-based (Java, Scala, ...) project.

DBToaster is not a classical database system

DBToaster-generated engines are optimized for long-lived queries, where query results must be kept up-to-date with rapidly changing input data. Using database terminology, DBToaster engines maintain in-memory materialized views.

Applications include:

  • Algorithmic Trading
  • Real-time Data Warehousing
  • Network/Cluster Monitoring
  • Clickstream Analysis
  • and more...

Check out DBToaster if you need to

  • maintain materialized views of complex SQL queries,
  • care about very high view refresh rates / low refresh latencies, and
  • work with standing (aka continuous) rather than ad-hoc queries, i.e. you want to monitor the changing result of a given query over time, as the data changes.

DBToaster may be also right for you even if you do not care about low view refresh latencies: DBToaster turns a set of queries into efficient specialized code for processing just these queries. DBToaster generates code that you can link into your applications. No further software (such as a separate database server or CEP engine) is required. Thus DBToaster is a very lightweight way of embedding (parameterized) SQL queries into your applications.

Here is a white paper that may help you decide whether to try out DBToaster.

The DBToaster at EcoCloud 2013 presentation gives a high-level overview of the DBToaster project.

DBToaster code is fast

Traditional relational databases are slow because they are designed to support arbitrary hand-written queries. Nowadays though, few people execute queries directly. Most queries are generated automatically based on templates. DBToaster custom-tailors each engine it creates to the needs of a specific application. This engine supports only query processing functionality that the application requires, avoiding the overhead of supporting unnecessary features.

DBToaster employs incrementality to efficiently maintain query results in real-time as data changes. As a consequence, DBToaster-generated engines provide extremely low-latency access to query results, and efficiently support monitoring of result values.

DBToaster-generated code is typically by 3-6 orders of magnitude faster than existing state of the art data-management systems when we measure the time it takes to refresh a view given an update to the base data.