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From Vladimir Stoyak <vsto...@yahoo.com>
Subject Re: Session Based Windows
Date Wed, 18 Nov 2015 08:09:42 GMT
We, were also trying to address session windowing but took slightly different approach as to
what window we place the event into. 

We did not want "triggering event" to be purged as part of the window it triggered, but instead
to create a new window for it and have the old window to fire and purge on event time timeout.

Take a look and see if it will be useful - 


On Tuesday, November 17, 2015 11:25 PM, Konstantin Knauf <konstantin.knauf@tngtech.com>
Hi Aljoscha,

sorry to bother you again (this time with this old thread), just a short
question about the caveat you mention in your answer. You wrote that
events of different sessions can not intermingled. Isn't the idea of the
keyBy expression below exactly not to have intermingled sessions by
first grouping by sesion-ids?

Cheers and thank you,


On 17.10.2015 14:39, Aljoscha Krettek wrote:
> Hi Paul,
> it’s good to see people interested in this. I sketched a Trigger that should fit your
requirements: https://gist.github.com/aljoscha/a7c6f22548e7d24bc4ac
> You can use it like this:
> DataStream<> input = …
> DataStream<> result = input
>   .keyBy(“session-id”)
>   .window(GlobalWindows.create())
>   .trigger(new SessionTrigger(timeout, maxElements))
>   .apply(new MyWindowFunction())
> The Trigger uses the new state API that I’m currently introducing in a new Pull Request.
It should be merged very soon, before the 0.10 release.
> This implementation has one caveat, though. It cannot deal with elements that belong
to different sessions that arrive intermingled with other sessions. The reason is that Flink
does not yet support merging the windows that the WindowAssigner assigns as, for example,
the Cloud Dataflow API supports. This means that elements cannot be assigned to session windows,
instead the workaround with the GlobalWindow has to be used. I want to tackle this for the
release after 0.10, however.
> Please let us know if you need more information. I’m always happy to help in these
interesting cases at the bleeding edge of what is possible. :-)
> Cheers,
> Aljoscha
>> On 16 Oct 2015, at 19:36, Hamilton, Paul <paul.hamilton01@sap.com> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I am attempting to make use of the new window APIs in streaming to
>> implement a session based window and am not sure if the currently provided
>> functionality handles my use case.  Specifically what I want to do is
>> something conceptually similar to a ³Sessions.withGapDuration(Š)² window
>> in Google DataFlow.
>> Assuming the events are keyed by session id.  I would like to use the
>> event time and the watermarking functionality to trigger a window after
>> the ³end of a session² (no events for a given session received within x
>> amount of time).  With watermarking this would mean trigger when a
>> watermark is seen that is > (the time of the last event + session
>> timeout). Also I want to perform an early triggering of the window after a
>> given number of events have been received.
>> Is it currently possible to do this with the current combination of window
>> assigners and triggers?  I am happy to write custom triggers etc, but
>> wanted to make sure it wasn¹t already available before going down that
>> road.
>> Thanks,
>> Paul Hamilton
>> Hybris Software

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