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From Jin Yi <eleanore....@gmail.com>
Subject How does Flink manage the kafka offset
Date Thu, 20 Feb 2020 22:14:13 GMT
Hi there,

We are running apache beam application with flink being the runner.

We use the KafkaIO connector to read from topics:

and we have the following configuration, which enables auto commit of
offset, no checkpointing is enabled, and it is performing element wise

So we run our application in Flink Job Cluster mode, and if I run the same
job twice, meaning start 2 flink job clusters, then I see message being
processed twice.

My understanding is, upon startup, Flink Job Manager will contact kafka to
get the offset for each partition for this consume group, and distribute
the task to task managers, and it does not use kafka to manage the consumer

and when the 2nd job cluster starts up, it does the same thing, so the 1st
job cluster is not aware of there are new consumers from the same consume
group have joined.

But if I add more task managers to the same job cluster, then job manager
is aware of more consumers from this consume group has joined, and it will
rebalance the partition consumption if needed.

Is my understanding correct?

Thanks a lot!

Map<String, Object> consumerConfig = ImmutableMap.<String, Object>builder()
.put(ConsumerConfig.GROUP_ID_CONFIG, consumerGroup)
.put(ConsumerConfig.ENABLE_AUTO_COMMIT_CONFIG, true)

return KafkaIO.<String, JsonNode>read()
.withValueDeserializerAndCoder(getDeserializer(encoding), new

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