Model Serving: Stream Processing vs. RPC / REST with Java, gRPC, Apache Kafka, TensorFlow

Machine Learning / Deep Learning models can be used in different ways to do predictions. Natively in the application or hosted in a remote model server. Then you combine stream processing with RPC / Request-Response paradigm. This blog post shows examples of stream processing vs. RPC model serving using Java, Apache Kafka, Kafka Streams, gRPC and TensorFlow Serving.
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Apache Kafka Streams + Machine Learning (Spark, TensorFlow, H2O.ai)

Apache Kafka Streams to build Real Time Streaming Microservices. Apply Machine Learning / Deep Learning using Spark, TensorFlow, H2O.ai, etc. to add AI. Embed Kafka Streams into Java App, Docker, Kubernetes, Mesos, anything else.
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Why I Move (Back) to Open Source for Messaging, Integration and Stream Processing

After three great years at TIBCO Software, I move back to open source and join Confluent, the company behind the open source project Apache Kafka to build mission-critical, scalable infrastructures for messaging, integration and stream processsing. In this blog post, I want to share why I see the future for middleware and big data analytics in open source technologies, why I really like Confluent, what I will focus on in the next months, and why I am so excited about this next step in my career.
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