OpenTSDB is a distributed Time Series Database (TSDB) based on `HBase`. OpenTSDB was written by Benoit Sigoure to collect, store and display metrics of various computer systems (network gears, operating systems, applications), and generate readable data graphs easily. The developer claims that OpenTSDB is the first open-source monitoring system built on an open-source distributed database. OpenTSDB is written in Java.
OpenTSDB was originally written by Benoit Sigoure in 2010 to monitor metrics of the StumbleUpon search engine which requires storing over 1 billion data points per day. StumbleUpon was in charge of the initial development and its open-source release. Yahoo! is currently maintaining OpenTSDB along with the open-source community.
OpenTSDB uses `Row Compaction` to compress data. Whenever a cell is to be written, its row key is pushed into a compaction queue. There is a separate thread that periodically goes through the queue and aggregate data with the same key into a big cell. It then writes the big cell and deletes the individual cells in the queue. This process is effective because in HBase the row key is repeated for every single cell, and there is no way to efficiently append byte at the end of a cell. At data level, OpenTSDB uses `LZO` compression algorithm. With these two techniques, OpenTSDB is able to reduce the average size of one data point from 12 bytes to 2-3 bytes.
OpenTSDB allows concurrent writes without using locks. OpenTSDB avoids multiple writers creating duplicate rows in the case of writer restart by making writes idempotent. It enforces a fixed timestamp boundary for each row. When a write reconnects to `HBase`, it will always write to the appropriate row according to the timestamp instead of creating new rows.
Data are stored as time series. Each time series is a collection of data points. A data point is a key-value map `(time, value)`. A time series is identified by its `metrics` and `tags`. For example, `Metrics=proc.loadaverage.1m, Tags=(host: web42, pool: static)` is a collection of data points identifying the 1-minute load average of server `web42` serving static contents.
OpenTSDB uses HBase as its storage system. HBase supports both the READ-COMMITTED and READ-UNCOMMITTED isolation levels.
OpenTSDB supports running multiple TSDs to handle a single query, allowing parallel read from `HBase` to speed up data fetching.
There are 2 official supported query interfaces: `HTTP/REST` API and `Telnet` style command line API. Additionally, there are various open-source front-end clients that encapsulate the official APIs, including a Browser interface and Erlang/Java/Go/Python/R/Ruby clients.
The back-end storage system is `HBase`, an open-source non-relational disk-oriented distributed database. It also supports Google Bigtable as its backend.
OpenTSDB has a N-ary storage model, each row is of the format `Metrics, Tags, Timestamp: data1 : data2: ...`.
OpenTSDB consists of three components: `tCollector`, `Time Series Daemon (TSD)`, and `HBase`. One instance of `tCollector` is deployed on each server. It is responsible to periodically pull metrics data from processes running on the server and the operating system. `TSD`s receive data from the `tCollectors` and push data to the `HBase` backend storage system. Upon receiving queries, `TSD` scans `HBase` and retrieves relevant data. All communications are done via `TSD RPC` and `Hadoop RPC`, therefore all components are stateless. There can be as many TSDs as needed to handle the workload as the system scales.