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From StephanEwen <...@git.apache.org>
Subject [GitHub] flink pull request #6066: [FLINK-9428] [checkpointing] Allow operators to fl...
Date Wed, 23 May 2018 15:49:02 GMT
GitHub user StephanEwen opened a pull request:

    https://github.com/apache/flink/pull/6066

    [FLINK-9428] [checkpointing] Allow operators to flush data on checkpoint pre-barrier

    ## What is the purpose of the change
    
    Some operators maintain some small transient state that may be inefficient to checkpoint,
especially when it would need to be checkpointed also in a re-scalable way.
    An example are opportunistic pre-aggregation operators, which have small the pre-aggregation
state that is frequently flushed downstream.
    
    Rather that persisting that state in a checkpoint, it can make sense to flush the data
downstream upon a checkpoint, to let it be part of the downstream operator's state.
    
    This feature is sensitive, because flushing state has a clean implication on the downstream
operator's checkpoint alignment. However, used with care, and with the new back-pressure-based
checkpoint alignment, this feature can be very useful.
    
    Because it is sensitive, this PR makes this an internal feature (accessible to operators)
and does NOT expose it in the public API.
    
    ## Brief change log
    
      - Adds the `prepareSnapshotPreBarrier(long checkpointId)` call to `(Abstract)StreamOperator`,
with an empty default implementation.
      - Adds a call on `OperatorChain` to call this in front-to-back order on the operators.
    
    ## Verifying this change
    
      - This change does not yet alter any behavior, it adds only a plug point for future
stream operators.
      - The `OperatorChainTest` Unit Test validates that the call happens, and that operators
are called in the right order.
    
    ## Does this pull request potentially affect one of the following parts:
    
      - Dependencies (does it add or upgrade a dependency): **no**
      - The public API, i.e., is any changed class annotated with `@Public(Evolving)`: **no**
      - The serializers: **no**
      - The runtime per-record code paths (performance sensitive): **no**
      - Anything that affects deployment or recovery: JobManager (and its components), Checkpointing,
Yarn/Mesos, ZooKeeper: **yes**
      - The S3 file system connector: **no**
    
    ## Documentation
    
      - Does this pull request introduce a new feature? **no**
      - If yes, how is the feature documented? **not applicable**


You can merge this pull request into a Git repository by running:

    $ git pull https://github.com/StephanEwen/incubator-flink pre_barrier

Alternatively you can review and apply these changes as the patch at:

    https://github.com/apache/flink/pull/6066.patch

To close this pull request, make a commit to your master/trunk branch
with (at least) the following in the commit message:

    This closes #6066
    
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