Prof. Dr. h.c. Hasso Plattner

Enterprise Streaming Benchmark


Why another benchmark?

The ever increasing amount of data that is produced nowadays, from smart homes to smart factories, gives rise to completely new challenges and opportunities. Terms like "Internet of Things" (IoT) and "Big Data" have gained traction to describe the creation and analysis of these new data masses. Furthermore, new technologies and systems were developed that are able to handle and analyze data streams, i.e., data arriving with high frequency and in large volume.

In recent years, e.g., a lot of distributed Data Stream Processing Systems were developed, whose usage represents one way of analyzing data streams. Although a broad variety of systems or system architectures is generally a good thing, the bigger the choice, the harder it is to choose.

Benchmarking is a common and proven approach to identify the best system for a specific set of needs. However, currently, no satisfying benchmark for modern data stream processing architectures exists. Particularly when  an enterprise context, i.e., where data streams have to be combined with historical and transactional data, existing benchmarks have shortcomings. The Enterprise Streaming Benchmark (ESB),  which is to be developed, will attempt to tackle this issue.  


We aim to create a relevant, real-world application benchmark with a focus on data stream processing architectures in an enterprise context. This involves including business or transactional data stored in a traditional database into the analysis process. In order to ease usage of the developed benchmark, we will develop a comprehensive toolkit for supporting implementation as well as setup and execution. Particularly, it will comprise tools for system setup, data ingestion, data validation and benchmark result analysis.

With regard to the domain, we will focus on an industrial manufacturing context. So the defined benchmark queries will answer questions in that area. Our primary data source will be sensor data from, e.g., industrial machinery. Therefore, we aim to work with real-world data.