EID is a service for generating unique ID numbers at high scale with some simple guarantees (based on the work from https://github.com/twitter/snowflake). The service can be in-memory or run as a REST-ful web service using Jetty.

The main differences between Snowflake and EID are

  • Java vs Scala - Our company uses Java.

  • REST Server vs Thrift Server - With a simple REST-ful interface we can access the service from anywhere without the need to generate thrift bindings. We are willing to sacrifice raw speed for usability. We are still able to generate 4K ids/sec per machine on our development hardware. If speed is a concern then look at using the in-memory version of EID.

  • No Zookeeper dependency - Zookeeper is great, but someone can mis-configure the Zookeeper location generating the same unqiue ids. Removing the dependancy puts more responsibility on the person configuring the EID services. So be careful when configuring the data center and worker ids.


For more information checkout our github page at  https://github.com/coreyhulen/earnstone-id.