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From Aljoscha Krettek <aljos...@apache.org>
Subject Re: forward()
Date Mon, 27 Jun 2016 09:24:19 GMT
you are right, this seems a bit strange. The reason why this works is that
selectChannels of ForwardPartitioner is never called.

In StreamingJobGraphGenerator.connect() operators are connected by
"physical" edges. If the ForwardPartitioner is set on a stream this will
choose the POINTWISE connection pattern, which does local forwarding from
partition 1 to 1, 2 to 2, and so on. Only if another partitioner is set
will the ALL_TO_ALL pattern be used. In that case selectChannels() of the
partitioner is actually called for decision where to send to.


On Mon, 27 Jun 2016 at 01:57 Marius Melzer <marius@rasumi.net> wrote:

> Hi,
> I was reading a bit of code about partitioning and I have two questions
> about the forward() method of DataStream:
> 1) I was before under the impression that forwarding means sending
> records between operators with same parallelism always from partition 1
> to 1, 2 to 2 etc. But this doesn't seem the case because
> ForwardPartitioner#selectChannels returns new int[] {0} - which is
> interestingly the exact same code like GlobalPartitioner.
> 2) Why is there a forward()-statement anyways? Isn't this the default
> that messages are forwarded between same partitions or am I getting
> something completely wrong here? If so, how does it work and what would
> be a good use case for the forward() statement?
> Thanks,
> Marius

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