Explore the fundamental concepts of Apache Pinot™ as a distributed OLAP database.

Apache Pinot™ is a database designed to deliver highly concurrent, ultra-low-latency queries on large datasets through a set of common data model abstractions. Delivering on these goals requires several foundational architectural commitments, including:

  • Storing data in columnar form to support high-performance scanning

  • Sharding of data to scale both storage and computation

  • A distributed architecture designed to scale capacity linearly

  • A tabular data model read by SQL queries

To learn about Pinot components, terminology, and gain a conceptual understanding of how data is stored in Pinot, review the following sections:

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