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Subject [jira] [Commented] (BEAM-115) Beam Runner API
Date Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:09:41 GMT

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ASF GitHub Bot commented on BEAM-115:
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GitHub user robertwb opened a pull request:

    https://github.com/apache/beam/pull/2296

    [BEAM-115] Translate pipeline graph to and from Runner API protos.

    There are some caveates:
      * Specific known transforms, with their payloads, are not yet translated.
      * Side inputs are not yet supported.
    
    All pipelines without side inputs are passed through this translation by default
    before execution.
    
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You can merge this pull request into a Git repository by running:

    $ git pull https://github.com/robertwb/incubator-beam py-runner-api

Alternatively you can review and apply these changes as the patch at:

    https://github.com/apache/beam/pull/2296.patch

To close this pull request, make a commit to your master/trunk branch
with (at least) the following in the commit message:

    This closes #2296
    
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commit ebc74e9678050c632574b11afebf250b8332c25e
Author: Robert Bradshaw <robertwb@gmail.com>
Date:   2017-03-20T23:08:37Z

    Translate pipeline graph to and from Runner API protos.
    
    There are some caveates:
      * Specific known transforms, with their payloads, are not yet translated.
      * Side inputs are not yet supported.
    
    All pipelines without side inputs are passed through this translation by default
    before execution.

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> Beam Runner API
> ---------------
>
>                 Key: BEAM-115
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/BEAM-115
>             Project: Beam
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: beam-model-runner-api
>            Reporter: Kenneth Knowles
>            Assignee: Kenneth Knowles
>
> The PipelineRunner API from the SDK is not ideal for the Beam technical vision.
> It has technical limitations:
>  - The user's DAG (even including library expansions) is never explicitly represented,
so it cannot be analyzed except incrementally, and cannot necessarily be reconstructed (for
example, to display it!).
>  - The flattened DAG of just primitive transforms isn't well-suited for display or transform
override.
>  - The TransformHierarchy isn't well-suited for optimizations.
>  - The user must realistically pre-commit to a runner, and its configuration (batch vs
streaming) prior to graph construction, since the runner will be modifying the graph as it
is built.
>  - It is fairly language- and SDK-specific.
> It has usability issues (these are not from intuition, but derived from actual cases
of failure to use according to the design)
>  - The interleaving of apply() methods in PTransform/Pipeline/PipelineRunner is confusing.
>  - The TransformHierarchy, accessible only via visitor traversals, is cumbersome.
>  - The staging of construction-time vs run-time is not always obvious.
> These are just examples. This ticket tracks designing, coming to consensus, and building
an API that more simply and directly supports the technical vision.



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