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From Urs Schoenenberger <urs.schoenenber...@tngtech.com>
Subject DataSet: CombineHint heuristics
Date Thu, 31 Aug 2017 11:41:52 GMT
Hi all,

I was wondering about the heuristics for CombineHint:

Flink uses SORT by default, but the doc for HASH says that we should
expect it to be faster if the number of keys is less than 1/10th of the
number of records.

HASH should be faster if it is able to combine a lot of records, which
happens if multiple events for the same key are present in a data chunk
*that fits into a combine-hashtable* (cf handling in

Now, if I have 10 billion events and 100 million keys, but only about 1
million records fit into a hashtable, the number of matches may be
extremely low, so very few events are getting combined (of course, this
is similar for SORT as the sorter's memory is bounded, too).

Am I correct in assuming that the actual tradeoff is not only based on
the ratio of #total records/#keys, but also on #total records/#records
that fit into a single Sorter/Hashtable?


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