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Stream processing at scale
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The challenge

Business
Verizon needed a cloud backend to deliver a Smart Home solution (consumer IoT platform) to their subscriber base.

Verizon needed a system where the specific applications & services can rapidly evolve over time and new services & applications can be deployed on the same platform, without knowledge of their specifications ahead of time.
Technical
The system has to scale to tens of millions of homes per metro, with minimal latency (example: when a user presses a button in the mobile app, the home's lights need to come on).

Each device in each home sends continuous streams of data for energy consumption and monitoring updates, resulting in unique scale, fault-tolerance, and legal compliance requirements.

Why is Verizon using the SiliconMint platform?

1. Performance
Stream Processor: handles 1.5–2 million events/second/node, on commodity hardware, with typical topologies. 99th percentile latency of stream processor is ~8ms.
To handle 20 billion events/day, ~231k events/second must be processed. Even with a complex topology, this can be done on a small cluster of SiliconMint runtimes.
The stream processor's performance means that in typical scenarios, we see that external I/O subsystems (network, queues, & others) are the primary bottleneck.
2. Flexibility
Visual Designer: it is typically > 10x faster to craft applications with the Visual Designer than by hand with an engineering team.

What is the stream processor platform architecture?

How does Verizon use the SiliconMint platform to scale?

Summary

Performance
Low latency,
high throughput
Flexibility
Empowers business users to directly solve problems, without putting a strain on software teams
Ease of Use
Easy to build & maintain stream processor components

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