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This paper presents the design and the implementation of an architecture for the analysis of data streams in distributed environments. In particular, data stream analysis has been carried out for the computation of items and item sets that exceed a frequency threshold. The mining approach is hybrid, that is, frequent items are calculated with a single pass, using a sketch algorithm, while frequent item sets are calculated by a further multi-pass analysis. The architecture combines parallel and distributed processing to keep the pace with the rate of distributed data streams. In order to keep computation close to data, miners are distributed among the domains where data streams are generated. The paper also reports the experimental results obtained with a prototype of the architecture, tested on a Grid composed of two domains handling two different data streams.