The Apache Kafka community is pleased to announce the general availability release of Apache Kafka 0.8.1.
The 0.8.1 release introduces log compactionhttp://kafka.apache.org/documentation.html#compaction
and a move to Gradle for builds.
Other changes in this release: https://archive.apache.org/dist/kafka/0.8.1/RELEASE_NOTES.html
Apache Kafka is high-throughput, publish-subscribe messaging system rethought of as a distributed commit log.
** Fast => A single Kafka broker can handle hundreds of megabytes of reads and
writes per second from thousands of clients.
** Scalable => Kafka is designed to allow a single cluster to serve as the central data backbone
for a large organization. It can be elastically and transparently expanded without downtime.
Data streams are partitioned and spread over a cluster of machines to allow data streams
larger than the capability of any single machine and to allow clusters of co-ordinated consumers.
** Durable => Messages are persisted on disk and replicated within the cluster to prevent
data loss. Each broker can handle terabytes of messages without performance impact.
** Distributed by Design => Kafka has a modern cluster-centric design that offers
strong durability and fault-tolerance guarantees.
You can download the release from: http://kafka.apache.org/downloads.html
We welcome your help and feedback. For more information on how to
report problems, and to get involved, visit the project website at http://kafka.apache.org/