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From Aljoscha Krettek <aljos...@apache.org>
Subject Re: [DISCUSS] Change Streaming Operators to be Push-Only
Date Tue, 05 May 2015 13:41:18 GMT
There is no watermark handling yet. :D

But this would enable me to do this.

On Tue, May 5, 2015 at 3:39 PM, Paris Carbone <parisc@kth.se> wrote:
> I agree with Gyula on this one. Barriers should better not be exposed to the operator.
They are system events for state management. Apart from that, watermark handling seems to
be on a right track, I like it so far.
>
>> On 05 May 2015, at 15:26, Aljoscha Krettek <aljoscha@apache.org> wrote:
>>
>> I don't know, I just put that there because other people are working
>> on the checkpointing/barrier thing. So there would need to be some
>> functionality there at some point.
>>
>> Or maybe it is not required there and can be handled in the
>> StreamTask. Others might know this better than I do right now.
>>
>> On Tue, May 5, 2015 at 3:24 PM, Gyula Fóra <gyula.fora@gmail.com> wrote:
>>> What would the processBarrier method do?
>>>
>>> On Tuesday, May 5, 2015, Aljoscha Krettek <aljoscha@apache.org> wrote:
>>>
>>>> I'm using the term punctuation and watermark interchangeably here
>>>> because for practical purposes they do the same thing. I'm not sure
>>>> what you meant with your comment about those.
>>>>
>>>> For the Operator interface I'm thinking about something like this:
>>>>
>>>> abstract class OneInputStreamOperator<IN, OUT, F extends Function>
 {
>>>>   public processElement(IN element);
>>>>   public processBarrier(...);
>>>>   public processPunctuation/lowWatermark(...):
>>>> }
>>>>
>>>> The operator also has access to the TaskContext and ExecutionConfig
>>>> and Serializers. The operator would emit values using an emit() method
>>>> or the Collector interface, not sure about that yet.
>>>>
>>>> On Tue, May 5, 2015 at 3:12 PM, Gyula Fóra <gyfora@apache.org
>>>> <javascript:;>> wrote:
>>>>> I think this a good idea in general. I would try to minimize the methods
>>>> we
>>>>> include and make the ones that we keep very concrete. For instance i
>>>> would
>>>>> not have the receive barrier method as that is handled on a totally
>>>>> different level already. And instead of punctuation I would directly
add
>>>> a
>>>>> method to work on watermarks.
>>>>>
>>>>> On Tuesday, May 5, 2015, Aljoscha Krettek <aljoscha@apache.org
>>>> <javascript:;>> wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>>> What do you mean by "losing iterations"?
>>>>>>
>>>>>> For the pros and cons:
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Cons: I can't think of any, since most of the operators are chainable
>>>>>> already and already behave like a collector.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Pros:
>>>>>> - Unified model for operators, chainable operators don't have to
>>>>>> worry about input iterators and the collect interface.
>>>>>> - Enables features that we want in the future, such as barriers and
>>>>>> punctuations because they don't work with the
>>>>>>  simple Collector interface.
>>>>>> - The while-loop is moved outside of the operators, now the Task
(the
>>>>>> thing that runs Operators) can control the flow of data better and
>>>>>> deal with
>>>>>>  stuff like barriers and punctuations. If we want to keep the
>>>>>> main-loop inside each operator, then they all have to manage input
>>>>>> readers and inline events manually.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> On Tue, May 5, 2015 at 2:41 PM, Kostas Tzoumas <ktzoumas@apache.org
>>>> <javascript:;>
>>>>>> <javascript:;>> wrote:
>>>>>>> Can you give us a rough idea of the pros and cons? Do we lose
some
>>>>>>> functionality by getting rid of iterations?
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Kostas
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> On Tue, May 5, 2015 at 1:37 PM, Aljoscha Krettek <aljoscha@apache.org
>>>> <javascript:;>
>>>>>> <javascript:;>>
>>>>>>> wrote:
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> Hi Folks,
>>>>>>>> while working on introducing source-assigned timestamps into
>>>> streaming
>>>>>>>> (https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/FLINK-1967) I thought
about
>>>> how
>>>>>>>> the punctuations (low watermarks) can be pushed through the
system.
>>>>>>>> The problem is, that operators can have two ways of getting
input: 1.
>>>>>>>> They read directly from input iterators, and 2. They act
as a
>>>>>>>> Collector and get elements via collect() from the previous
operator
>>>> in
>>>>>>>> a chain.
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> This makes it hard to push things through a chain that are
not
>>>>>>>> elements, such as barriers and/or punctuations.
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> I propose to change all streaming operators to be push based,
with a
>>>>>>>> slightly improved interface: In addition to collect(), which
I would
>>>>>>>> call receiveElement() I would add receivePunctuation() and
>>>>>>>> receiveBarrier(). The first operator in the chain would also
get data
>>>>>>>> from the outside invokable that reads from the input iterator
and
>>>>>>>> calls receiveElement() for the first operator in a chain.
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> What do you think? I would of course be willing to implement
this
>>>>>> myself.
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> Cheers,
>>>>>>>> Aljoscha
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>
>

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