Understanding Kafka with Factorio (2019)

In this web content, the author draws parallels between the game Factorio and the distributed streaming platform Kafka, highlighting the benefits of asynchronous messaging. The author explores the concept of decoupling microservices using Kafka’s fault-tolerant and durable stream storage. They discuss the scalability of Kafka by adding servers to the cluster and the use of partitions to distribute the load. The author explains how messages are put onto topics and consumed by multiple instances of a microservice using consumer groups. They also touch on the potential issues with skewed partitions and the concept of offsets for tracking processed records. The author concludes by summarizing the key concepts of Kafka. Overall, the content provides a clear and informative overview of Kafka’s functionality.


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