Wrapping a Serverless ClickHouse pt.2

Wrapping a Serverless ClickHouse pt.2

Launching ClickHouse into Space!


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LATEST UPDATE: blog.qryn.dev/chdb-clickhouse-as-a-library

ClickHouse into Space

In our previous episode we had fun assembling a portable ClickHouse binary with a thin API layer ready to be used in a serverless function with remote cloud storage.

Today, we're launching ClickHouse into Space with Deta ๐Ÿš€

This is a free experimental ride for demo purposes. Not a final product!
The goal is to showcase the flexibility of Deta and power of ClickHouse

Sign up for Deta Space Alpha

Deta is your own personal computer in the cloud: private, secure & always online

๐ŸŸฃ All apps on Deta Space run in your own sandboxed 'personal cloud'
๐ŸŸฃ App developers cannot see or touch your personal infrastructure
๐ŸŸฃ App users run clones and remain in the drivers seat with all the data

Deta Space Micros, Base and Drive are perfect for modern web applications.

But can they run something as complex as ClickHouse? TLDR; HELL YEAH!

Launch your ClickHouse Space

Ready? Browse to the ClickHouse Space page using Discovery and Install

Space will generate a unique secure URL for your ClickHouse Space endpoint


Fire up your Browser - you should be welcomed by a familiar interface ๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒ‘


Awesome! Your serverless, stateless and soul-less ClickHouse is ready! ๐Ÿ”ฅ

Deta ClickHouse + AWS S3

Our ClickHouse has no storage attached. It only works with remote datasets.
Let run our first Space query and fetch some Taxi rides from AWS S3

SELECT * FROM s3('https://s3.us-east-1.amazonaws.com/altinity-clickhouse-data/nyc_taxi_rides/data/tripdata/data-20*.csv.gz', 'CSVWithNames', 'pickup_date Date, id UInt64, vendor_id String, tpep_pickup_datetime DateTime, tpep_dropoff_datetime DateTime, passenger_count UInt8, trip_distance Float32, pickup_longitude Float32, pickup_latitude Float32, rate_code_id String, store_and_fwd_flag String, dropoff_longitude Float32, dropoff_latitude Float32, payment_type LowCardinality(String), fare_amount Float32, extra String, mta_tax Float32, tip_amount Float32, tolls_amount Float32, improvement_surcharge Float32, total_amount Float32, pickup_location_id UInt16, dropoff_location_id UInt16, junk1 String, junk2 String', 'gzip') LIMIT 20 FORMAT JSONCompact


Congratulations! You're now a ClickHouse Space Cadet ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿš€

Deta ClickHouse + Deta S3

Your ClickHouse Space ship offers a virtual S3 endpoint on top of Deta Drive

To use it, just deploy a personal s3rver-deta instance using Discovery

Space will generate a unique secure URL for your personal S3 Drive endpoint


Let's INSERT some data into our Space bucket

INSERT INTO FUNCTION s3('https://S3RVER-SPACE-URL.deta.app/test/test.csv.gz', 'CSV', 'name String, value UInt32', 'gzip')
VALUES ('one', 1), ('two', 2),('three', 3), ('four', 4)
SETTINGS s3_truncate_on_insert=1
Query id: 523a1130-a1fa-4212-aaac-f24486d2e71e


4 rows in set. Elapsed: 0.121 sec.

Let's SELECT our data back - note authentication is handled by the edge

SELECT * FROM s3('https://S3RVER-SPACE-URL.deta.app/test/test.csv.gz', 'CSV', 'name String, value UInt32') FORMAT JSONCompact


Whoo-Hoo! ๐Ÿš€

All of your database data is exclusively stored in your own Deta Space Drive


Deta ClickHouse + URLENG

Our S3 Space bucket is secure and only accessible to our Space instance.

To share data between instances or with remote ClickHouse servers, we can switch to the public Serverless URL Engine (also running on Deta Space) using a Secret URL

Replace SUPERSECRETURL with your own random string

INSERT INTO FUNCTION url('https://urleng.com/SUPERSECRETURL', JSONEachRow, 'key String, value UInt64') VALUES ('hello', 1)
SELECT * FROM url('https://urleng.com/SUPERSECRETURL', JSONEachRow)

That's it. Now your ClickHouse Space instances can exchange persistent data.

Next: Beyond ClickHouse

The experiment continues and there's so much more coming!

In our next article we'll showcase InfluDB Flux running on Deta Space at ludicrous speeds, with APIs compatible with Grafana and ready to run in seconds ... for free!


Cross Connect

The Flux and ClickHouse Space containers can communicate and exchange data!


Just imagine the possibilities for this little big serverless chain ...

Live Demo

This is not an image. It's a real Clickhouse serverless shell.


This ClickHouse does not exist. Unless you're talking to it. From Space!

Lots of work is up next in order to make this POC faster, lighter and stronger!

The question is: What will you build with it? ๐Ÿš€ ๐Ÿš€ ๐Ÿš€

Thanks to the Deta Team for their dedication and for their support!

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