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From jincheng sun <sunjincheng...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: [DISCUSS] What parts of the Python API should we focus on next ?
Date Mon, 23 Dec 2019 01:57:04 GMT
Hi Bowen,

Your suggestions are very helpful for expanding the PyFlink ecology.  I
also mentioned above to integrate notebooks,Jupyter and Zeppelin are both
very excellent notebooks. The process of integrating Jupyter and Zeppelin
also requires the support of Jupyter and Zeppelin community personnel.
Currently Jeff has made great efforts in Zeppelin community for PyFink. I
would greatly appreciate if anyone who active in the Jupyter community also
willing to help to integrate PyFlink.

Best,
Jincheng


Bowen Li <bowenli86@gmail.com> 于2019年12月20日周五 上午12:55写道:

> - integrate PyFlink with Jupyter notebook
>    - Description: users should be able to run PyFlink seamlessly in Jupyter
>    - Benefits: Jupyter is the industrial standard notebook for data
> scientists. I’ve talked to a few companies in North America, they think
> Jupyter is the #1 way to empower internal DS with Flink
>
>
> On Wed, Dec 18, 2019 at 19:05 jincheng sun <sunjincheng121@gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
>> Also CC user-zh.
>>
>> Best,
>> Jincheng
>>
>>
>> jincheng sun <sunjincheng121@gmail.com> 于2019年12月19日周四 上午10:20写道:
>>
>>> Hi folks,
>>>
>>> As release-1.10 is under feature-freeze(The stateless Python UDF is
>>> already supported), it is time for us to plan the features of PyFlink for
>>> the next release.
>>>
>>> To make sure the features supported in PyFlink are the mostly demanded
>>> for the community, we'd like to get more people involved, i.e., it would be
>>> better if all of the devs and users join in the discussion of which kind of
>>> features are more important and urgent.
>>>
>>> We have already listed some features from different aspects which you
>>> can find below, however it is not the ultimate plan. We appreciate any
>>> suggestions from the community, either on the functionalities or
>>> performance improvements, etc. Would be great to have the following
>>> information if you want to suggest to add some features:
>>>
>>> ---------
>>> - Feature description: xxxx
>>> - Benefits of the feature: xxxx
>>> - Use cases (optional): xxxx
>>> ----------
>>>
>>> ----Features in my mind----
>>>
>>> 1. Integration with most popular Python libraries
>>>     - fromPandas/toPandas API
>>>        Description:
>>>           Support to convert between Table and pandas.DataFrame.
>>>        Benefits:
>>>           Users could switch between Flink and Pandas API, for example,
>>> do some analysis using Flink and then perform analysis using the Pandas API
>>> if the result data is small and could fit into the memory, and vice versa.
>>>
>>>     - Support Scalar Pandas UDF
>>>        Description:
>>>           Support scalar Pandas UDF in Python Table API & SQL. Both the
>>> input and output of the UDF is pandas.Series.
>>>        Benefits:
>>>           1) Scalar Pandas UDF performs better than row-at-a-time UDF,
>>> ranging from 3x to over 100x (from pyspark)
>>>           2) Users could use Pandas/Numpy API in the Python UDF
>>> implementation if the input/output data type is pandas.Series
>>>
>>>     - Support Pandas UDAF in batch GroupBy aggregation
>>>        Description:
>>>            Support Pandas UDAF in batch GroupBy aggregation of Python
>>> Table API & SQL. Both the input and output of the UDF is pandas.DataFrame.
>>>        Benefits:
>>>           1) Pandas UDAF performs better than row-at-a-time UDAF more
>>> than 10x in certain scenarios
>>>           2) Users could use Pandas/Numpy API in the Python UDAF
>>> implementation if the input/output data type is pandas.DataFrame
>>>
>>> 2. Fully support  all kinds of Python UDF
>>>     - Support Python UDAF(stateful) in GroupBy aggregation (NOTE: Please
>>> give us some use case if you want this feature to be contained in the next
>>> release)
>>>       Description:
>>>         Support UDAF in GroupBy aggregation.
>>>       Benefits:
>>>         Users could define and use Python UDAF and use it in GroupBy
>>> aggregation. Without it, users have to use Java/Scala UDAF.
>>>
>>>     - Support Python UDTF
>>>       Description:
>>>    Support  Python UDTF in Python Table API & SQL
>>>       Benefits:
>>>         Users could define and use Python UDTF in Python Table API &
>>> SQL. Without it, users have to use Java/Scala UDTF.
>>>
>>> 3. Debugging and Monitoring of Python UDF
>>>    - Support User-Defined Metrics
>>>      Description:
>>>        Allow users to define user-defined metrics and global job
>>> parameters with Python UDFs.
>>>      Benefits:
>>>        UDF needs metrics to monitor some business or technical
>>> indicators, which is also a requirement for UDFs.
>>>
>>>    - Make the log level configurable
>>>      Description:
>>>        Allow users to config the log level of Python UDF.
>>>      Benefits:
>>>        Users could configure different log levels when debugging and
>>> deploying.
>>>
>>> 4. Enrich the Python execution environment
>>>    - Docker Mode Support
>>>      Description:
>>>          Support running python UDF in docker workers.
>>>      Benefits:
>>>          Support various of deployments to meet more users' requirements.
>>>
>>> 5. Expand the usage scope of Python UDF
>>>    - Support to use Python UDF via SQL client
>>>      Description:
>>>          Support to register and use Python UDF via SQL client
>>>      Benefits:
>>>          SQL client is a very important interface for SQL users. This
>>> feature allows SQL users to use Python UDFs via SQL client.
>>>
>>>    - Integrate Python UDF with Notebooks
>>>      Description:
>>>          Such as Zeppelin, etc (Especially Python dependencies)
>>>
>>>    - Support to register Python UDF into catalog
>>>       Description:
>>>           Support to register Python UDF into catalog
>>>       Benefits:
>>>           1)Catalog is the centralized place to manage metadata such as
>>> tables, UDFs, etc. With it, users could register the UDFs once and use it
>>> anywhere.
>>>           2) It's an important part of the SQL functionality. If Python
>>> UDFs are not supported to be registered and used in catalog, Python UDFs
>>> could not be shared between jobs.
>>>
>>> 6. Performance Improvements of Python UDF
>>>    - Cython improvements
>>>       Description:
>>>           Cython Improvements in coder & operations
>>>       Benefits:
>>>           Initial tests show that Cython will speed 3x+ in coder
>>> serialization/deserialization.
>>>
>>> 7. Add Python ML API
>>>    - Add Python ML Pipeline API
>>>      Description:
>>>          Align Python ML Pipeline API with Java/Scala
>>>      Benefits:
>>>        1) Currently, we already have the Pipeline APIs for ML. It would
>>> be good to also have the related Python APIs.
>>>        2) In many cases, algorithm engineers prefer the Python language.
>>>
>>>
>>> BTW, the PyFlink is a new component, and there are still a lot of work
>>> need to do. Thus, everybody is cordially welcome to join the contribution
>>> to PyFlink, including asking questions, filing bug reports, proposing new
>>> features, joining discussions, contributing code or documentation ...
>>>
>>> Hope to see your feedback!
>>>
>>> Best,
>>> Jincheng
>>>
>>

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