Simple IoT Store

We currently use SQLite to implement the persistent store for Simple IoT. Each instance (cloud, edge, etc.) has its own store that must be synchronized with replicas of the data located in other instances.

Reasons for using SQLite

We have evaluated BoltDB, Genji, and various other Go key/value stores in the past and settled on SQLite for the following reasons:

  • Reliability: SQLite is very well tested and handles things like program/OS crashes, power failures, etc. It is important that the configuration for a system never become corrupt to the point where it won't load.
  • Stable file format: Dealing with file format changes is not something we want to deal with when we have 100's of systems in the field. A SQLite file is very portable across time and between systems.
  • Pure Go: There is now a pure Go version of SQLite. If more performance is needed or smaller binary size, the native version of SQLite can still be used.
  • The relational model: it seems to make sense to store points and nodes in separate tables. This allows us to update points more quickly as it is a separate line in the DB. It also seems like flat data structures are generally a good thing versus deeply nested objects.
  • Fast: SQLite does read caching, and other things that make it quite fast.
  • Lots of innovation around SQLite: LiteFS, Litestream, etc.
  • Multi-process: SQLite supports multiple processes. While we don't really need this for core functionality, it is very handy for debugging, and there may be instances where you need multiple applications in your stack.