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Taba is a service for aggregating instrumentation events from large distributed
systems in near real-time. It was built to handle high throughput and scale

Check out an overview of Taba's architecture on the TellApart Eng Blog:


Taba helps you instrument your services and provide a near real-time view into
what's happening across a large cluster. For example, you could use it to track
the winning bid price for a certain type of bid:

from taba import client


client.Counter('bids_won', 1)
client.Counter('winning_bid_price', wincpm)

When those Events reach the Taba Server and are aggregated, they produce an
output like the following:

$ taba-cli agg winning_bid_price
winning_bid_price: {
"1m": {"count": 436, "total": 571.64},
"10m": {"count": 5285, "total": 6884.57},
"1h": {"count": 34265, "total": 44175.47},
"1d": {"count": 569787, "total": 744423.87},
"pct": [0.09, 0.47, 2.19, 3.55, 4.37, 14.09, 17.59]}

There are many other input data types and aggregation methods available. See the
Types and Handlers documentation.


A Taba deployment consists of 6 layers, each horizontally scalable. These
layers are:

- Taba Client code integrated into applications
- Taba Agent process running locally to the application servers
- Taba Server processes in the frontend ('fe') role
- Taba Server processes in the backend ('be') role
- Redis sentinel processes
- Redis database processes

The Taba Client is integrated into the application it is instrumenting, and
exposes an API for recording events to different counter types. The Python
distribution includes a default Client implementation based on threads, and
a Gevent engine. There is also a Java Client available

The Client typically sends events to a Taba Agent process running on the same
server. While the Client will only forward events on a best-effort basis, the
Agent provides more robust buffering and failure recovery. It is also
significantly smarter about load balancing.

The will forward events to one of the Taba Server end-points it has been
configured to connect to. Any Server in the cluster can receive any set of

The Taba Server processes are split into two groups: frontend ('fe') and backend
('be'). These roles are configured when the process starts. Assigning a process
a 'fe' role has no effect on its operation -- it is simply a marker that the
process will use to advertise its role. (The intention it to allow a
load-balancer to use that indicator to route traffic to just the 'fe'
processes). Assigning the 'be' role will configure the process to launch a
background worker that processes queued events. There must be at least one 'be'
Server process in the cluster.

A Server process can be assigned both 'fe' and 'be' roles. For small clusters,
this will work well. However, once a cluster becomes large enough to require
multiple Server processes, separating 'fe' and 'be' processes will perform

There is a third role 'ctrl', which essentially marks a Server process as
neither 'fe' nor 'be'. This is useful for maintaining a separate set of
processes for querying.

The Taba Server uses a group of Redis databases and Sentinels. Having at least
one Sentinel is a requirement, as it is used for service discovery of the
individual database processes. Sharding across the databases is accomplished by
splitting the key-space into a large number of virtual buckets, and assigning
ranges of buckets to each process.

Installing Taba

Taba was designed to run on Python 2.6/2.7. It has the following Python package
dependencies, which should be installed automatically:

- gevent (>= 0.13.1)
- python-cjson (>= 1.0.5)
- cython (>= 0.13)
- redis (>= 2.9)
- requests (>= 1.2.0)

Additionally, building the Python dependencies requires the following. These
dependencies are _not_ installed automatically:

- gcc
- make
- python-dev
- libevent-dev

The latest stable release can be installed from PyPi:

pip install taba

Or Taba can be installed directly from the repository:

git clone
cd taba
python install

Installing Redis

The Taba Server uses a group of Redis instances with Sentinels as its
database. It requires at least Redis 2.8. For details about installing Redis,
please visit the [Redis Downloads page](

Deploying Taba

There are many ways to deploy Taba, depending on the use case. See
`examples/EXAMPLES` for pointers on how to get started.


Taba is a project at TellApart led by
[Kevin Ballard]( to create a reliable, high
performance platform for real-time monitoring. It is used to monitor over
30,000 Tabs, consuming nearly 10,000,000 Events per second, and an average
latency of under 15s.

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