Cloudera SQL Stream Builder (SSB) offers the ability of a unified stream processing engine to non-technical customers to allow them to combine, mixture, question, and analyze each streaming and batch knowledge sources in a single SQL interface. This enables enterprise customers to outline occasions of curiosity for which they should constantly monitor and reply rapidly.  

There are a lot of methods to distribute the outcomes of SSB’s steady queries to embed actionable insights into enterprise processes. On this weblog we are going to cowl materialized viewsa particular sort of sink that makes the output out there through REST API. 

In SSB we will use SQL to question stream or batch knowledge, carry out some form of aggregation or knowledge manipulation, then output the outcome right into a sink. A sink may very well be one other knowledge stream or we might use a particular sort of knowledge sink we name a materialized view (MV). An MV is a particular sort of sink that enables us to output knowledge from our question right into a tabular format continued in a PostgreSQL database. We will additionally question this knowledge later, optionally with filters utilizing SSBs REST API. 

If we wish to simply use the outcomes of our SQL job from an exterior software, MVs are the perfect and simplest way to take action. All we have to do is outline the MV on the UI interface and purposes will be capable to retrieve knowledge through REST API.

Think about, for example, that we have now a real-time Kafka stream containing aircraft knowledge and we’re engaged on an software that should obtain all planes in a sure space, above some altitude at any given time through REST. This isn’t a easy activity to do, since planes are continuously shifting and altering their altitudes, and we have to learn this knowledge from an unbounded stream. If we add a materialized view to our SSB job, that may create a REST endpoint from which we can retrieve the most recent outcome from our job. We will additionally add filters to this request, so for instance, our software can use the MV to point out all of the planes which might be flying larger than some user-specified altitude.

Creating a brand new job

An MV all the time belongs to a single job, so to create an MV we should first create a job in SSB. To create a job we may even must create a undertaking first which can present us a Software program Growth Lifecycle (SDLC) for our purposes and permits us to gather all our job and desk definitions or knowledge sources in a central place.

Getting the information

For instance we are going to use the identical Automated Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) knowledge we utilized in different posts and examples. For reference, ADS-B knowledge is generated and broadcast by planes whereas flying. The information consists of a aircraft ID, altitude, latitude and longitude, pace, and many others.

To higher illustrate how MVs work, let’s execute a easy SQL question to retrieve the entire knowledge from our stream. 

SELECT * FROM airplanes;

The creation of the “airplanes” desk has been omitted, however suffice it to say airplanes is a digital desk we have now created, which is fed by a stream of ADS-B knowledge flowing by means of a Kafka subject. Please examine our documentation to see how that’s executed. The question above will generate output like the next:

As you possibly can see from the output, there are every kind of fascinating knowledge factors. In our instance let’s deal with altitude.

Flying excessive

From the SSB Console, click on on the “Materialized View” button on the highest proper:

An MV configuration panel will open that may look just like the next:



SSB permits us to configure the brand new MV extensively, so we are going to undergo them right here.

Allow MV

For the MV to be out there as soon as we have now completed configuring it, “Allow MV” have to be enabled. This configuration additionally permits us to simply disable this function sooner or later with out eradicating all the opposite settings.

Major key

Each MV requires a major key, as this will probably be our major key within the underlying relational database as properly. The important thing is without doubt one of the fields returned by the SSB SQL question, and it’s out there from the dropdown. In our case we are going to select icao, as a result of we all know that icao is the identification quantity for every aircraft, so it’s a good match for the first key. 


Retention and min row retention rely

This worth tells SSB how lengthy it ought to maintain the information round earlier than eradicating it from the MV database. It’s set to 5 minutes by default. Every row within the MV is tagged with an insertion time, so if the row has been round longer than the “Retention (Seconds)” time then the row is eliminated. Notice, there’s additionally another technique for managing retention, and that’s the area under the retention time, known as “Min Row Retention Depend,” which is used to point the minimal variety of rows we wish to maintain within the MV, no matter how outdated the information may be. For instance lets say, “We wish to maintain the final 1,000 rows irrespective of how outdated that knowledge is.” In that case we might set “Retention (Seconds)” to 0, and set “Min Row Retention Depend” to 1,000.

For this instance we won’t change the default values.

API key

As talked about earlier, each MV is related to a REST API. The REST API endpoint have to be protected by an API Key. If none has been added but, one may be created right here as properly.


Lastly we get to probably the most fascinating half, choosing the best way to question our knowledge within the MV database.

API endpoint

Clicking on the “Add New Question” button opens a pop-up that enables us to configure the REST API endpoint, in addition to choosing the information we wish to question.

As we mentioned earlier, we have an interest within the aircraft’s altitude, however let’s additionally add the power to filter the sector altitude when calling the REST API. Our MV will be capable to solely present planes which might be flying larger than some consumer specified altitude (i.e., present planes flying larger than 10,000 ft). In that case within the “URL Sample” field we might enter:


Notice the {param} worth. The URL sample can take parameters which might be specified inside curly brackets. Once we retrieve knowledge for the MV, the REST API will map these parameters in our filters, so the consumer calling the endpoint can set the worth. See under. 

Select the information

Now it’s time to choose what knowledge to gather as a part of our MV. The information fields we will select come from the preliminary SSB SQL question we wrote, so if we mentioned SELECT * FROM airplanes; the “Choose Columns” dropdown could have issues like fmild, icao, lat, counter, altitude, and many others. For our instance let’s select icao, lat, lon and altitude.


We have now an issue. The information fields within the stream, together with the altitude, are all of VARCHAR sort, making it infeasible to filter for numeric knowledge. We have to make a easy change to our SQL and convert the altitude into an INT, and name it peak, to distinguish it from the unique altitude area. Let’s change the SQL to the next: 

SELECT *, CAST(altitude AS INT) AS peak FROM airplanes;

Now we will change altitude with peak, and use that to filter.


Now to filter by peak we have to map the parameter we beforehand created ({param})  to the peak area. By clicking on the “Filters” tab, after which the “+ Rule” button, we will add our filter.


For the “Area” we select peak, for the “Operator” we would like “greater_or_equal,” and for the “Worth” we use the {param} we used within the REST API endpoint. Now the MV question will filter the rows by the worth of peak being better than the worth that the consumer would give to {param} when issuing the REST request, for instance:


That might output one thing just like the next:


Materialized views are a really helpful out-of-the-box knowledge sink, which give for the gathering of knowledge in a tabular format, in addition to a configurable REST API question layer on high of that that can be utilized by third social gathering purposes.

Anyone can check out SSB utilizing the Stream Processing Neighborhood Version (CSP-CE). CE makes creating stream processors simple, as it may be executed proper out of your desktop or another growth node. Analysts, knowledge scientists, and builders can now consider new options, develop SQL-based stream processors domestically utilizing SQL Stream Builder powered by Flink, and develop Kafka Customers/Producers and Kafka Join Connectors, all domestically earlier than shifting to manufacturing in CDP.

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