Encyclopedia of Big Data Technologies

2019 Edition
| Editors: Sherif Sakr, Albert Y. Zomaya

Streaming Microservices

  • Ted DunningEmail author
  • Ellen Friedman
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-77525-8_198



Streaming microservices refers to a style of building large-scale software systems as a collection of independently deployable processes that communicate via persistent message streams rather than via remote procedure calls (RPC). A key distinction between streaming and RPC-based microservices is that streaming microservices provide a high degree of temporal decoupling between services. Not only does it not matter how a service does what it does, but it also matters much less exactly when it does it.

The use of streaming microservices is distinct from previous architectural trends such as Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) because the message streams used with streaming microservices are very simple, supporting little more than ordered delivery of messages organized into topics as opposed to the highly complex semantics supported by Enterprise Service Busses (ESB).

Historical Background

The term microservices as...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.MapR Technologies and Apache Software FoundationSanta ClaraUSA