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From "Raghu Angadi (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (BEAM-2185) KafkaIO bounded source
Date Thu, 11 May 2017 00:23:04 GMT


Raghu Angadi commented on BEAM-2185:

Some more considerations : 
  - Splits:
     - Each partition should be split further. 
     - If we could fetch the size in bytes, it is easier to split. I don't think it is feasible
get byte offsets.
     - Split could be based on message offsets, but the size could be too large or too small
depending on average message size.
     - Take a hint from the user if the size is not known? May be not. Read a few sample records?
Probably an over kill. 
  - It should support liquid-sharding (dynamic splitting). This does not need average message
size. Just the offsets are good enough.

> KafkaIO bounded source
> ----------------------
>                 Key: BEAM-2185
>                 URL:
>             Project: Beam
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>          Components: sdk-java-extensions
>            Reporter: Raghu Angadi
> KafkaIO could be a useful source for batch applications as well. It could implement a
bounded source. The primary question is how the bounds are specified.
> One option : Source specifies a time period (say 9am-10am), and KafkaIO fetches appropriate
start and end offsets based on time-index in Kafka. This would suite many batch applications
that are launched on a scheduled.
> Another option is to always read till the end and commit the offsets to Kafka. Handling
failures and multiple runs of a task might be complicated.

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