I tried to compare a very simple beam pipeline with an equivalent flink-native pipeline. Both pipelines read strings from one kafka topic and write them to another topic. I ran each pipeline separately on a single task manager with a single slot and parallelism 1.
Flink native runs 5 times faster than beam: 150,000 strings per second in flink comparing to 30,000 in beam.
When using Avro and schema registry the difference is even more significant - flink native runs 30-80 times faster than beam.
Attached is the java code of both string-to-string pipelines.