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Kyligence Analytics Platform 2.4 for Extreme OLAP on Big Data Release Notes

Jul. 19, 2017

Kyligence Analytics Platform (KAP) is an enterprise Online Analytical Process (OLAP) on Hadoop powered by Apache Kylin. KAP enables sub-second SQL query latency on petabyte scale datasets, provides high concurrency at internet scale, and empowers analysts to architect Business Intelligence (BI) on Hadoop with industry-standard data warehouses and big data analytics tools and methods.

In this release, KAP has evolved from MOLAP (Multidimensional OLAP) to HOLAP (Hybrid OLAP) , which supports popular SQL on Hadoop technologies in multiple analytics scenarios. Furthermore, KAP 2.4 has extended its semantic layer by introducing Snowflake schema and Computed Column, transferring complex business logic to data model accurately.

Introduced HOLAP (Hybrid OLAP)

  • Query Pushdown

Query Pushdown routes the query that can’t be answered by Cube to underlying SQL engine. KAP has embedded Spark SQL and Hive as its pushdown engines, and other SQL on Hadoop engines will be coming in following releases. KAP supports mission-critical and exploratory analytics (Ad-Hoc) by leveraging cube-based sub-second performance query and pushdown-based query respectively.

Kyligence Query Pushdown Diagram
  • Seamless Integration with SQL on Hadoop

KAP seamlessly integrates with existing SQL on Hadoop and reuses existing analytics capability. KAP brings the transparent speedup power to data access layer and empowers the unified query gateway for all BI applications. By taking full advantage of pre-calculation technology, KAP enables BI tools to analyze massive data interactively and fills the gap between BI and Hadoop.

Enhanced Data Modeling

  • KyStudio: New Data Modeling Tool

KyStudio is an intuitive model structure that brings new visual experience. With drag-and-drop modeling process, KyStudio enables the analysts to load metadata, design model/cube, build cube, and process works more smoothly through a self-served interface.

KyStudio Interface
  • Model Health Inspection

Model Health Inspection can figure out the potential modeling issues, such as primary-foreign key mismatch and data skew. The inspection result guides users to improve the model design directly and efficiently.

  • OLAP Cube Optimizer

OLAP Cube Optimizer will first analyze source data characters and inputted SQL patterns, and then suggests cube design that includes dimensions, aggregation group settings, measurement settings, encoding algorithms, and rowkey orders. This method reduces the modeling learning curve and helps users to follow the modeling steps by simple clicks.

Kyligence OLAP Cube Optimizer
  • Efficient OLAP Cubing

KAP offers the efficient cubing by following the Max Dimension Combination (the biggest usage of dimension combination number during queries) setting defined by users. The efficient OLAP cubing algorithm avoids the rarely-used cube build, reduces the cubing time, and resolves the cube explosion problem. In some real-cases, it saves over 90% storage.

Enriched Semantic Layer

  • Computed Column

The semantic layer is enriched by introducing computed column technology. KAP allows users to define computed column on the original source table to extract/transform/redefine the original column into a new virtual column. The computed column works like other original column, which will be pre-calculated during cubing phase. The computed column enables analysts to do data clean/transform all by themselves without their IT teams. It also improves the query performance by pre-calculated the filter condition. Hive User Defined Function (UDF) is supported on computed column, and allows users to reuse existing code and libraries.

Kyligence BI Semantic Layer Interface
  • Support Snowflake

With both star schema and snowflake schema supported, KAP provides a hold of complex business logic.

Easy to DevOps

  • Installation Environment Inspection

Full environment check scripts are provided. It inspects the environment dependency, permission, version, and other necessary resources. The inspection result will indicate the potential issues and provide solutions before KAP starts.

  • New Metadata Storage

Relational databases, such as MySQL, can be used as the KAP metadata store. By moving the metadata from HBase to relational database, the database operation strategies are followed. Without HBase, the total operation cost and risks are reduced dramatically.

  • OLAP Cube Building Scheduler

OLAP Cube Building Scheduler enables users to build the cube on schedule. It reduces the operating cost and enables analysts to build the cube by themselves with automatic scheduler service. Offering better operating experience and reliability, the OLAP Cube Build Scheduler works well with Kafka in streaming cubing case.

Kylin Core and Compatibility

  • Upgraded Apache Kylin to 2.0

KAP is built upon Apache Kylin core and is 100% compatible with Apache Kylin. KAP 2.4 upgrades Apache Kylin to 2.0, and the complete Kylin release notes are on the Kylin website. The highlight features including:
KYLIN-2467: Support TPCH queries
KYLIN-2331: Spark cubing engine
KYLIN-2006: Job Engine HA
KYLIN-2351: Support cloud-based storage

More enhancement and bug-fix

KYLIN-2521: Upgrade Apache Calcite to 1.12
KYLIN-490: Support Distinct Count for multiple columns
Table Index supports multiple sorted by/shard by definitions, improves the detailed query
Build engine upgraded, reduces the IO cost, and accelerates the cubing
Allows to set the time range for KyBot diagnostic package, reduces the log size
Supports save model and cube as draft, improves the modeling experience
Supports cluster service discovery based on ZooKeeper, eliminates the manual mistakes.
Supports customized measure precision
Easy to upgrade, all configurations are back-compatible from KAP2.4
KyAnalyzer access control is integrated with KAP backend

Hadoop Distribution Support

Certificated distributions :
Cloudera CDH 5.7+
Compatible distributions:
Apache Hadoop 2.2+,HBase 0.98+,Hive 0.14+
Hortonworks HDP 2.2+
Microsoft HDInsight
Amazon EMR
Huawei FusionInsight C50/C60


The KAP 2.4 is available for download, please visit KAP Product for more details.