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System Properties Comparison Grakn vs. MongoDB vs. Sphinx

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NameGrakn  Xexclude from comparisonMongoDB  Xexclude from comparisonSphinx  Xexclude from comparison
DescriptionGrakn is a distributed, hyper-relational database for managing complex data that serves as a knowledge base for cognitive/AI systems.One of the most popular document stores available both as a fully managed cloud service and for deployment on self-managed infrastructureOpen source search engine for searching in data from different sources, e.g. relational databases
Primary database modelGraph DBMS
Relational DBMS infoOften described as a 'hyper-relational' database, since it implements the 'Entity-Relationship Paradigm' to manage complex data structures and ontologies.
Document storeSearch engine
Secondary database modelsSearch engine infointegrated Lucene index, currently in MongoDB Atlas only.
DB-Engines Ranking infomeasures the popularity of database management systemsranking trend
Trend Chart
Score0.60
Rank#206  Overall
#17  Graph DBMS
#99  Relational DBMS
Score443.48
Rank#5  Overall
#1  Document stores
Score6.54
Rank#55  Overall
#6  Search engines
Websitegrakn.aiwww.mongodb.comsphinxsearch.com
Technical documentationdev.grakn.ai/­docsdocs.mongodb.com/­manualsphinxsearch.com/­docs
DeveloperGrakn LabsMongoDB, IncSphinx Technologies Inc.
Initial release201620092001
Current release1.8.0, June 20204.2.8, June 20203.2.1, January 2020
License infoCommercial or Open SourceOpen Source infoGPL Version 3, commercial licenses availableOpen Source infoMongoDB Inc.'s Server Side Public License v1. Prior versions were published under GNU AGPL v3.0. Commercial licenses are also available.Open Source infoGPL version 2, commercial licence available
Cloud-based only infoOnly available as a cloud servicenono infoMongoDB available as DBaaS (MongoDB Atlas)no
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Implementation languageJavaC++C++
Server operating systemsLinux
OS X
Windows
Linux
OS X
Solaris
Windows
FreeBSD
Linux
NetBSD
OS X
Solaris
Windows
Data schemeyesschema-free infoAlthough schema-free, documents of the same collection often follow the same structure. Optionally impose all or part of a schema by defining a JSON schema.yes
Typing infopredefined data types such as float or dateyesyes infostring, integer, double, decimal, boolean, date, object_id, geospatialno
XML support infoSome form of processing data in XML format, e.g. support for XML data structures, and/or support for XPath, XQuery or XSLT.no
Secondary indexesyesyesyes infofull-text index on all search fields
SQL infoSupport of SQLnoRead-only SQL queries via the MongoDB Connector for BISQL-like query language (SphinxQL)
APIs and other access methodsconsole (shell)
gRPC protocol
Workbase (visualisation software)
proprietary protocol using JSONProprietary protocol
Supported programming languagesAll JVM based languages
Groovy
Java
JavaScript (Node.js)
Python
Scala
Actionscript infoinofficial driver
C
C#
C++
Clojure infoinofficial driver
ColdFusion infoinofficial driver
D infoinofficial driver
Dart infoinofficial driver
Delphi infoinofficial driver
Erlang
Go
Groovy infoinofficial driver
Haskell
Java
JavaScript
Lisp infoinofficial driver
Lua infoinofficial driver
MatLab infoinofficial driver
Perl
PHP
PowerShell infoinofficial driver
Prolog infoinofficial driver
Python
R infoinofficial driver
Ruby
Scala
Smalltalk infoinofficial driver
C++ infounofficial client library
Java
Perl infounofficial client library
PHP
Python
Ruby infounofficial client library
Server-side scripts infoStored proceduresnoJavaScriptno
Triggersnoyes infoin MongoDB Atlas onlyno
Partitioning methods infoMethods for storing different data on different nodesSharding infoby using CassandraSharding infopartitioned by hashed, ranged, or zoned sharding keysSharding infoPartitioning is done manually, search queries against distributed index is supported
Replication methods infoMethods for redundantly storing data on multiple nodesMaster-master replication infoby using CassandraMaster-slave replicationnone
MapReduce infoOffers an API for user-defined Map/Reduce methodsyes infoby using Apache Kafka and Apache Zookeeperyesno
Consistency concepts infoMethods to ensure consistency in a distributed systemImmediate ConsistencyEventual Consistency
Immediate Consistency infocan be individually decided for each write operation
Foreign keys infoReferential integrityno infosubstituted by the relationship featureno infotypically not used, however similar functionality with DBRef possibleno
Transaction concepts infoSupport to ensure data integrity after non-atomic manipulations of dataACIDMulti-document ACID Transactions with snapshot isolationno
Concurrency infoSupport for concurrent manipulation of datayesyesyes
Durability infoSupport for making data persistentyesyes infooptionalyes infoThe original contents of fields are not stored in the Sphinx index.
In-memory capabilities infoIs there an option to define some or all structures to be held in-memory only.noyes infoIn-memory storage engine introduced with MongoDB version 3.2
User concepts infoAccess controlyes infoat REST API level; other APIs in progressAccess rights for users and rolesno
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Specific characteristicsGrakn is the knowledge graph to organise complex networks of data and making it queryable,...
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MongoDB is the leading modern, general purpose data platform, designed to unleash...
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Competitive advantagesExpressive and flexible data model: The meta-schema of Grakn allows for modelling...
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The MongoDB Data Platform can be used by developers building OLTP and analytical...
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Typical application scenariosLife sciences : Grakn makes working with biological data much easier and accelerates...
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Internet of Things and Time Series (Bosch, Jaguar Land Rover) Mobile (The Weather...
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Key customersADP, Adobe, Amadeus, AstraZeneca, Auto Trader, Barclays, BBVA, Bosch, Cisco, CERN,...
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Market metrics70 million downloads (growing at more than 30 thousand downloads per day). 15,000+...
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Licensing and pricing modelsAGPL and Commercial . The commercial license is priced based on cluster resources...
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MongoDB database server: Server-Side Public License (SSPL) . Commercial licenses...
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