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This section describes the configuration options available under the Stream Settings tab in the kdb Insights Enterprise UI.

A stream is the kdb Insights Enterprise deployment of a Reliable Transport (or RT) cluster, and provides highly available, high performance messaging. In kdb Insights Enterprise Streams come in two forms, internal streams, which are required to process data between kdb Insights components within a deployment, and external streams, which connect an external data source to the database.

In the kdb Insights Enterprise all data written to the database goes via the primary stream. External streams can be connected to a Stream Processor and transformed, or they can be directly connected to the database.

Configuration in YAML

Streams can also be configured using YAML configuration file. YAML configured streams can be deployed using the kdb Insights CLI

Managing streams

A single internal primary stream is created automatically when creating a new database. Simply create a new database via the component tree and navigate to the 'Stream Settings' tab.

Stream tab

By default, the primary stream will be given the same name as the database within which it resides. This can be changed by toggling the Advanced Settings switch; a name field will appear. This name is required to be globally unique across all streams in all databases. This name is restricted to alpha numeric characters and dashes for name based data routing.

Stream rename

Once the stream has been configured, click the "Save" button to save the settings.

Additional stream

If you require an additional stream to ingest raw data that requires transformation (via a pipeline) prior to ingestion into the database you can deploy an additional stream with identical resource specifications as the primary stream.

For example, a publishing client, such as a feedhandler, might send data in CSV or JSON format which needs to be decoded and have a schema applied before ingestion into the database.

To deploy an additional stream, click on the Create an additional stream process checkbox in the Additional Stream section.

Additional stream

Additional stream options

When checked there is an additional checkbox in the External Data Sources section, described below allowing this stream to be used by external sources.

Managing external streams

If you require data to be ingested into one of your streams (primary or additional) from outside the kdb Insights cluster using an external publishing client such as a feedhandler, you can choose to allow externally-facing ingress to a stream.

To allow ingestion of data from external sources to a stream, click on the checkbox relating to the appropriate stream in the External Data Sources section. Once checked, an additional configuration section for that stream will be visible where you can specify the external reference for the stream.

External Data Sources

Additional stream checkbox

The additional stream checkbox will only be visible if the Create an additional stream process checkbox has been checked in the Additional Stream section see here.

The grid below includes further details for these two checkboxes:

checkbox relevant configuration section description
Ingest data from external sources directly to the database Stream Process Data sent from external sources to he primary stream will be read by the database without any transformations being applied, therefore the data must be in a format the database can digest.
Ingest data from external sources to your additional stream Additional Stream Process Data sent from external sources to the additional stream can be transformed (via a pipeline) prior to ingestion into the database.

External reference

If you choose to ingest data from external sources additional configuration is required to set an External Reference. This is then used as the SDK_CLIENT_UID configuration value by external clients to reference the stream for publishing from outside of the kdb Insights cluster.

External Reference

By default, the external reference to the streams will be initialized as follows:

  • primary stream: database name
  • additional stream: database name with a -e suffix.

External reference

The external reference may only contain lower case alphanumeric characters, "-" or ".", and must start and end with an alphanumeric character.