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From Yassine MARZOUGUI <y.marzou...@mindlytix.com>
Subject Appropriate State to use to buffer events in ProcessFunction
Date Tue, 07 Mar 2017 18:23:33 GMT
Hi all,

I want to label events in a stream based on a condition on some future
For example my stream contains events of type A and B and and I would like
to assign a label 1 to an event E of type A if an event of type B happens
within a duration x of E. I am using event time and my events can be out of
For this I'm using ProcessFunction which looks suitable for my use case. In
order to handle out of order events, I'm keeping events of type A in a
state and once an event of type B is received, I fire an event time timer
in which I loop through events of type A in the state having a timestamps <
timer.timestamp, label them and remove them from the state.
Currently the state is simply a value state containing a TreeMap<Timestamp,
EventA>. I'm keeping events sorted in order to effectively get events older
than the timer timestamp.
I wonder If that's the appropriate data structure to use in the value state
to buffer events and be able to handle out of orderness, or if there is a
more effective implementation, especially that the state may grow to reach
~100 GB sometimes?

Any insight is appreciated.


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