Rethinking Stateful Stream Processing with RDMA
Bonaventura Del Monte, Steffen Zeuch, Tilmann Rabl, Volker Markl
To appear in Proceedings of the ACM SIGMOD International Conference on Management of Data (SIGMOD 2022) | June 2022


Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) hardware has bridged the gap between network and main memory speed and thus invalidated the common assumption that network is often the bottleneck in distributed data processing systems. However, high-speed networks do not provide plug-and-play performance (e.g., using IP-over-InfiniBand) and require a careful co-design of system and application logic. As a result, system designers need to rethink the architecture of their data management systems to benefit from RDMA acceleration. In this paper, we focus on the acceleration of stream processing engines, which is challenged by real-time constraints and state consistency guarantees. To this end, we propose Slash, a novel stream processing engine that uses high-speed networks and RDMA to efficiently execute distributed streaming computations. Slash embraces a processing model suited for RDMA acceleration and scales out by omitting the expensive data re-partitioning demands of scale-out SPEs. While scale-out SPEs rely on data re-partitioning to execute a query over many nodes, Slash uses RDMA to share mutable state among nodes.} Overall, Slash achieves a throughput improvement up to two orders of magnitude over existing systems deployed on an InfiniBand network. Furthermore, it is up to a factor of 22 faster than a self-developed solution that relies on RDMA-based data re-partitioning to scale out query processing.