Getting Started with CloudTurbine

We’re all familiar with streaming data, for instance streaming movies from Netflix.  CloudTurbine also streams data, but does it as a series of files which can contain any type of data.  This file-based approach enables CloudTurbine to deliver data via any third-party file sharing mechanism, such as Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive or FTP.  With CloudTurbine, you never lose control of your data or surrender access to it.

Pick a Source Application

The first step when using CloudTurbine to stream data is deciding which source application is appropriate for your project. Source apps are responsible for translating your data into the CloudTurbine data format. One of the advantages of this data format is how flexible it is. Although anything that can be stored in a file can theoretically be streamed using CloudTurbine data format, an app specific to your use case may not exist yet. Please check out the available Source apps on our applications page to see if something is available for your project. If you are comfortable getting your hands dirty we have plenty of documentation to help you adapt CloudTurbine to your specific needs.


Set up Your Viewer Application

After a source app has been chosen it is time to select an appropriate viewer application. Viewer apps are responsible for translating the CloudTurbine data files into something human-readable at the end of the data’s journey. CloudTurbine’s flagship viewer app is WebScan, which runs in conjunction with the CTweb server app to plot multiple channels of diverse data simultaneously in your web browser. WebScan can be used to play image, audio, text and sensor data.  It is a great starting place when becoming comfortable with the CloudTurbine system.

Visit CloudTurbine Releases on GitHub for simple steps to install CT and run WebScan/CTweb to view sample data sets.


Install Utility Applications

Depending on your needs, a utility application may be necessary to help get your data from your source app to your viewer app.  Various utilities exist, including ones to monitor disk usage, convert CloudTurbine data to CSV files, or to make CloudTurbine source files more compact.

If everything is set up properly, you should now be streaming data with CloudTurbine! If you would like to make adjustments to your data streaming system or have run into some problems, the documentation section might help you out. The forum is also a great resource if you have any questions about streaming data with CloudTurbine.

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