This is a high-level kafka client based on the low level libkafka library. It is meant as an alternative to Sarama for producing high volumes of messages.
The main design point is that the library operates on record batches, not on individual records. This makes it more efficient at high volumes.
Marshaling records into batches (building batches) is a separate step from sending (producing) batches to Kafka. This means that resource use (memory, cpu) can be controlled more precisely.
Compression is applied at batch level. This library does not implement compression. Codecs are provided by the user (codec is provided to batch builder instance by the user).
The underlying libkafka library implements synchronous single partition producer and consumer. This library implements a multi-core batch builder and an asynchronous multi-partition producer on top of that.
There are many ways in which the primitives from libkafka can be wrapped and exposed to the end user. This is an example of how it can be done, but definitely not the only way.
Quick start (producer)
Connect an instance of batch.SequentialBuilder to an instance of producer.Async. Call their Start methods. Send records to the builder.