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From Aakash Agrawal <Aakash.Agra...@1eq.com>
Subject OffHeap support in Flink
Date Wed, 27 Jul 2016 13:19:49 GMT

I am comparing Flink, Spark and some other streaming frameworks to find the best fit for my

Currently we have a system, which works on single server and uses off-heap to save data. We
now want to go distributed with streaming support.
So we have designed a rough data flow for that, and in the data flow, some operations need
to cache data(for some purpose) before streaming it to next operation.
We prefer caching data in off-heap memory instead of in-heap.

I will stream in-heap tuples and the after some operation, I want to store that data in off-heap
I want to know if I can achieve this in Flink.
>From the documentation, I understand I can write data in file/db through sinks.

So my questions are -
1. can I write data off-heap(using say 'unsafe' library) through sink?
2. if yes, do I have to add sink(and then a source to stream to next operation) after each
such operation where I want caching in my data flow?
3. is there other/better way than (2) to solve my problem?

I hope my problem is understandable. Let me know if not.

- Aakash Agrawal.

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