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From Jinhua Luo <luajit...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: about the checkpoint and state backend
Date Thu, 04 Jan 2018 13:23:12 GMT
I still do not understand the relationship between rocksdb backend and
the filesystem (here I refer to any filesystem impl, including local,
hdfs, s3).

For example, when I specify the path to rocksdb backend:
env.setStateBackend(new RocksDBStateBackend("file:///data1/flinkapp"));

What does it mean?

Each task manager would save states to /data1/flinkapp on its machine?
But it seems no sense. Because when one of the machines crashes, the
job manager could not access the states on dead machine.
Or, each task manager creates rocksdb instance on temporary path, and
send snapshots to job manager, then job manager in turn saves them on
/data1/flinkapp on the job manager's machine?

Could you give the data flow example?

And another question is, when I turn off checkpointing (which is also
default cfg), what happens to the states processing?

2018-01-03 0:06 GMT+08:00 Timo Walther <twalthr@apache.org>:
> Hi Jinhua,
> I will try to answer your questions:
> Flink checkpoints the state of each operator. For a Kafka consumer operator
> this is only the offset. For other operators (such as Windows or a
> ProcessFunction) the values/list/maps stored in the state are checkpointed.
> If you are interested in the internals, I would recommend this page [1].
> Only the MemoryStateBackend sends entire states to the JobManager (see [2]).
> But you are right, this is a bottleneck and not very fault-tolerant.
> Usually, Flink assumes to have some distributed file system (such as HDFS)
> to which each Flink operator can be checkpointed in a fault-tolerant way.
> For the RocksDbStateBackend the local files are copied to HDFS as well. At
> the time of writing, only the RocksDBBackend supports incremental
> checkpoints. The JobManager can then read from HDFS and restore the operator
> on a different machine.
> Feel free to ask further questions.
> Regards,
> Timo
> [1]
> https://ci.apache.org/projects/flink/flink-docs-release-1.4/internals/stream_checkpointing.html
> [2]
> https://ci.apache.org/projects/flink/flink-docs-release-1.4/ops/state/state_backends.html
> Am 1/1/18 um 3:50 PM schrieb Jinhua Luo:
>> Hi All,
>> I have two questions:
>> a) does the records/elements themselves would be checkpointed? or just
>> record offset checkpointed? That is, what data included in the
>> checkpoint except for states?
>> b) where flink stores the state globally? so that the job manager
>> could restore them on each task manger at failure restart.
>> For the heap backend, all task managers would send states to job
>> manager, and job manager would save it in its heap, correct?
>> For the fs/rocksdb backend, all task managers would save states
>> (incrementally or not) in local path temporarily, and send them (in
>> rocksdb snapshot format for the rocksdb case?) to the job manager at
>> checkpoint?
>> The path we used to configure backend is the path on the job manager
>> machine but not on the task managers' machines? So that's the
>> bottleneck and single failure point? So it's better to use hdfs path
>> so that we could scale the storage and make it high availability as
>> well?
>> Thank you all.

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