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From Stefano Baghino <stefano.bagh...@radicalbit.io>
Subject Re: Initializing global data
Date Tue, 26 Apr 2016 13:34:43 GMT
Hi Nirmalya,

I'm not really sure setGlobalJobParameters is what you're looking for. If
the ReferableData more then some simple configuration (and judging from its
type it looks like so) maybe you can try to leverage broadcast variables.
You can read more about them here:

Regarding your question on CSV, I always find the built-in APIs very handy.
I also expect them to work in a parallel fashion on distributed file
systems out of the box, so I wouldn't re-write them (unless you have very
specific needs, of course).

On Tue, Apr 26, 2016 at 3:25 PM, Nirmalya Sengupta <
sengupta.nirmalya@gmail.com> wrote:

> Hello Flinksters,
> I need to initialize a piece of global data at the beginning of a Flink
> application. I use this piece as a READ-ONLY for enhancing the streamed
> data that come in at the time of execution. So, this piece of data also has
> to be present in all the execution nodes. For readability, let's name this
> piece as ReferableData.
> The ReferableData is essentially a Map[String, UserDefinedClass]. The
> source is a regular CSV file, present in the local file system (no HDFS,for
> the time being). So, I read the CSV file in the usual manner, parse it,
> create instances of UserDefinedClass and create a Map[asStringK,
> asInstanceV] and make this available globally.
> What I gather from the documents and discussions in this forum is that one
> of the ways to achieve this is to use
> env.getConfig().setGlobalJobParameters(parameters)
> Where 'parameters' is the Map is the ReferableData that I want to create
> from the CSV file.
> I have two questions:
> a) Is this approach of providing look-up data to all nodes, a good
> practice?
> b) Should I read the input CSV file through the
> ExecutionEnvironment.readTextFile or using standard IO routines of Java?
> Does the community have any preference?
> -- Nirmalya
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Stefano Baghino

Software Engineer @ Radicalbit

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