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From "Sebastian Klemke (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Created] (FLINK-3190) Retry rate limits for DataStream API
Date Wed, 23 Dec 2015 14:03:46 GMT
Sebastian Klemke created FLINK-3190:

             Summary: Retry rate limits for DataStream API
                 Key: FLINK-3190
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/FLINK-3190
             Project: Flink
          Issue Type: Improvement
            Reporter: Sebastian Klemke
            Priority: Minor

For a long running stream processing job, absolute numbers of retries don't make much sense:
The job will accumulate transient errors over time and will die eventually when thresholds
are exceeded. Rate limits are better suited in this scenario: A job should only die, if it
fails too often in a given time frame. To better overcome transient errors, retry delays could
be used, as suggested in other issues.

Absolute numbers of retries can still make sense, if failing operators don't make any progress
at all. We can measure progress by OperatorState changes and by observing output, as long
as the operator in question is not a sink. If operator state changes and/or operator produces
output, we can assume it makes progress.

As an example, let's say we configured a retry rate limit of 10 retries per hour and a non-sink
operator A. If the operator fails once every 10 minutes and produces output between failures,
it should not lead to job termination. But if the operator fails 11 times in an hour or does
not produce output between 11 consecutive failures, job should be terminated.

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