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A Trillion Events Per Day? Trill Does That for .NET Apps

Microsoft Research-developed "high-performance in-memory incremental analytics engine" plugs into .NET natively to give apps ability to churn through gobs of data in nothing flat.

Trill, the Microsoft Research "high-performance in-memory incremental analytics engine" might be "just a .NET library," but what it does is nothing short of extraordinary.

The name is derived from "a trillion events per day," writes George Thomas Jr. of Microsoft Research in a blog post from last week. The .NET plug-in can natively give apps the ability to churn through gobs of data in nothing flat.

Trill is not yet publicly available, but it's already been deployed internally, writes Thomas Jr., with Microsoft already putting it to practical use internally to optimize data digestion for Bing clients who are looking for near-real-time ad performance data (see this blog).

Trill is also being plugged into Project "Orleans," which is the recently open sourced software framework, being used to develop many of the cloud-based interfaces in the popular Halo gaming platform. Where Trill gets to work is in the immense number of transactions that it's digesting and feeding to the Halo statistics-heavy cloud interfaces within minutes, which can scale from several players to thousands online. Trill also has potential practical use in Internet of Things scenarios, but to see some form of it being used in public preview, Smith points to the query processor in Microsoft Azure Stream Analytics.

You can read more about Trill on Thomas Jr.'s blog, where he also points to a research paper (PDF) written by the Microsoft Research team where you can dive into the science behind high-performance incremental query processing.

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