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From Aljoscha Krettek <aljos...@apache.org>
Subject Re: [DISCUSS] FLIP-17 Side Inputs
Date Thu, 09 Mar 2017 15:27:08 GMT
Hi,
these are all valuable suggestions and I think that we should implement
them when the time is right. However, I would like to first get a
minimal viable version of this feature into Flink and then expand on it.
I think the last few tries of tackling this problem fizzled out because
we got to deep into discussing special semantics and features. I think
the most important thing to agree on right now is the basic API and the
implementation plan. What do you think about that?

Regarding your suggestions, I have in fact a branch [1] from May 2016
where I implemented a prototype implementation. This has an n-ary
operator and inputs can be either bounded or unbounded and the
implementation actually waits for all bounded inputs to finish before
starting to process the unbounded inputs.

In general, I think blocking on an input is only possible while you're
waiting for a bounded input to finish. If all inputs are unbounded you
cannot block because you might run into deadlocks (in the processing
graph, due to back pressure) and also because blocking will also block
elements that might have a lower timestamp and might fall into a
different window which is already ready for processing.

Best,
Aljoscha

[1]
https://github.com/aljoscha/flink/commits/operator-ng-side-input-wrapper

On Tue, Mar 7, 2017, at 14:39, wenlong.lwl wrote:
> Hi Aljoscha, thank you for the proposal, it is great to hear about the
> progress in side input.
> 
> Following is my point of view:
> 1. I think there may be an option to block the processing of the main
> input
> instead of buffer the data in state because in production, the through
> put
> of the main input is usually much larger, and buffering the data before
> the
> side input may slow down the preparing of side input since the i-o and
> computing resources are always limited.
> 2. another issue may need to be disscussed: how can we do checkpointing
> with side input, because static side input may finish soon once started
> which will stop the checkpointing.
> 3. I agree with Gyula that user should be able to determines when a side
> input is ready? Maybe we can do it one step further: whether users can
> determine a operator with multiple inputs to process which input each
> time
> or not?  It would be more flexible.
> 
> 
> Best Regards!
> Wenlong
> 
> On 7 March 2017 at 18:39, Ventura Del Monte <venturadelmonte@gmail.com>
> wrote:
> 
> > Hi Aljoscha,
> >
> > Thank you for the proposal and for bringing up again this discussion.
> >
> > Regarding the implementation aspect,I would say the first way could
> > be easier/faster to implement but it could add some overhead when
> > dealing with multiple side inputs through the current 2-streams union
> > transform. I tried the second option myself as it has less overhead
> > but then the outcome was something close to a N-ary operator consuming
> > first each side input while buffering the main one.
> > Therefore, I would choose the third option as it is more generic
> > and might help also in other scenarios, although its implementation
> > requires more effort.
> > I also agree with Gyula, I think the user should be allowed to define the
> > condition that determines when a side input is ready, e.g., load the side
> > input first, incrementally update the side input.
> >
> > Best,
> > Ventura
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
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> > On Mon, Mar 6, 2017 at 3:50 PM, Gyula Fóra <gyula.fora@gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > > Hi Aljoscha,
> > >
> > > Thank you for the nice proposal!
> > >
> > > I think it would make sense to allow user's to affect the readiness of
> > the
> > > side input. I think making it ready when the first element arrives is
> > only
> > > slightly better then making it always ready from usability perspective.
> > For
> > > instance if I am joining against a static data set I want to wait for the
> > > whole set before making it ready. This could be exposed as a user defined
> > > condition that could also recognize bounded inputs maybe.
> > >
> > > Maybe we could also add an aggregating (merging) side input type, that
> > > could work as a broadcast state.
> > >
> > > What do you think?
> > >
> > > Gyula
> > >
> > > Aljoscha Krettek <aljoscha@apache.org> ezt írta (időpont: 2017. márc.
> > 6.,
> > > H, 15:18):
> > >
> > > > Hi Folks,
> > > >
> > > > I would like to finally agree on a plan for implementing side inputs in
> > > > Flink. There has already been an attempt to come to consensus [1],
> > which
> > > > resulted in two design documents. I tried to consolidate those two and
> > > > also added a section about implementation plans. This is the resulting
> > > > FLIP:
> > > >
> > > > https://cwiki.apache.org/confluence/display/FLINK/FLIP-
> > > 17+Side+Inputs+for+DataStream+API
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > In terms of semantics I tried to go with the minimal viable solution.
> > > > The part that needs discussing is how we want to implement this. I
> > > > outlined three possible implementation plans in the FLIP but what it
> > > > boils down to is that we need to introduce some way of getting several
> > > > inputs into an operator/task.
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > Please have a look at the doc and let us know what you think.
> > > >
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > Best,
> > > >
> > > > Aljoscha
> > > >
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > [1]
> > > > https://lists.apache.org/thread.html/797df0ba066151b77c7951fd7d603a
> > > 8afd7023920d0607a0c6337db3@1462181294@%3Cdev.flink.apache.org%3E
> > > >
> > >
> >

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