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Databend Cloud is a cloud service built on the open-source data warehouse engine Databend. It is simple, reliable, scalable, secure, and cost-effective, providing powerful support for data science, BI reporting, log analysis, and other scenarios. Databend Cloud has the following architectural advantages:

  • Instant elasticity: Complete separation of storage and computing allows for the expansion and contraction of computing resources as data analysis scales demand.
  • Extreme performance: Databend Cloud leverages a push-pull combination of pipeline execution engine, vectorized expression engine, and processor SIMD technology to squeeze the computing power of the processor to the limit.
  • Rich data types: Databend Cloud supports data ingestion from many formats, such as CSV, JSON, Parquet, etc., as well as semi-structured data types such as Array, Map, JSON, greatly simplifying the data import process.
  • Ecosystem integration: In addition to providing SQL driver implementations in languages such as Python, Go, and Java, Databend Cloud also supports Clickhouse's HTTP communication protocol and can integrate with existing rich ecosystems such as vector, Metabase, Deepnote, etc.
  • Ease of use: Databend Cloud provides a plug-and-play high-performance experience without the need for complex human-tuned configurations such as indexing and partitioning.

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Meta-service Layer

The metadata service is a multi-tenant service that stores the metadata of each tenant in Databend Cloud in a highly available Raft cluster. This metadata includes:

  • Table schema: including the field structure and storage location information of each table, providing optimization information for query planning and providing transaction atomicity guarantee for the storage layer write;
  • Cluster management: When the cluster of each tenant starts, multiple instances within the cluster will be registered as metadata and provide health checks for the instances to ensure the overall health of the cluster;
  • Security management: saves user, role, and permission-granting information to ensure the security and reliability of data access authentication and authorization processes.

Compute Layer

The architecture of complete separation of computation and storage gives Databend Cloud a unique computational elasticity.

Each tenant in Databend Cloud can have multiple compute clusters (Warehouse), each with exclusive computing resources, and can automatically release them when inactive for more than 1 minute to reduce usage costs.

In the compute cluster, queries are executed through the high-performance Databend engine. Each query will go through multiple different submodules:

  • Planner: After parsing the SQL statement, it will combine different operators (such as Projection, Filter, Limit, etc.) into a query plan based on different query types.
  • Optimizer: The Databend engine provides a rule-based and cost-based optimizer framework, which implements a series of optimization mechanisms such as predicate pushdown, join reorder, and scan pruning, greatly accelerating queries.
  • Processors: Databend implements a push-pull combination of pipeline execution engines. It composes the physical execution of queries into a series of pipelines in the Processor and can dynamically adapt the pipeline configuration based on the runtime information of the query task, combining the vectorized expression calculation framework to maximize the computing power of the CPU.

In addition, Databend Cloud can dynamically increase or decrease nodes in the cluster with the change of query workload, making computing faster and more cost-effective.

Storage Layer

The storage layer of Databend Cloud is based on FuseEngine, which is designed and optimized for inexpensive object storage. FuseEngine efficiently organizes data based on the properties of object storage, allowing for high-throughput data ingestion and retrieval.

FuseEngine compresses data in a columnar format and stores it in object storage, which significantly reduces the data volume and storage costs.

In addition to storing data files, FuseEngine also generates index information, including MinMax index, Bloomfilter index, and others. These indexes reduce IO and CPU consumption during query execution, greatly improving query performance.

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