HPCC Systems (High Performance Computing Cluster) is an open source, massive parallel-processing computing platform for big data processing and analytics.
HPCC Systems offers an enterprise ready, open source supercomputing platform to solve big data problems. As compared to Hadoop, the platform offers analysis of big data using less code and less nodes for greater efficiencies and offers a single programming language, a single platform and a single architecture for efficient processing. HPCC Systems is a technology division of LexisNexis Risk Solutions.
The HPCC Systems architecture incorporates the Thor and Roxie clusters as well as common middleware components, an external communications layer, client interfaces which provide both end-user services and system management tools, and auxiliary components to support monitoring and to facilitate loading and storing of filesystem data from external sources. An HPCC environment can include only Thor clusters, or both Thor and Roxie clusters. Each of these cluster types is described in more detail in the following sections below the architecture diagram.
Thor (the Data Refinery Cluster) is responsible for consuming vast amounts of data, transforming, linking and indexing that data. It functions as a distributed file system with parallel processing power spread across the nodes. A cluster can scale from a single node to thousands of nodes.
Roxie (the Query Cluster) provides separate high-performance online query processing and data warehouse capabilities. Roxie (Rapid Online XML Inquiry Engine) is the data delivery engine used in HPCC to serve data quickly and can support many thousands of requests per node per second.
ECL (Enterprise Control Language) is the powerful programming language that is ideally suited for the manipulation of Big Data.
ECL IDE is a modern IDE used to code, debug and monitor ECL programs.
ESP (Enterprise Services Platform) provides an easy to use interface to access ECL queries using XML, HTTP, SOAP and REST.
The following links describe the structure of the system and detail some of the key components: