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From Timo Walther <twal...@apache.org>
Subject Re: Async Source Function in Flink
Date Tue, 15 May 2018 14:16:23 GMT
Hi Frederico,

Flink's AsyncFunction is meant for enriching a record with information 
that needs to be queried externally. So I guess you can't use it for 
your use case because an async call is initiated by the input. However, 
your custom SourceFunction could implement a similar asynchronous logic. 
By having a pool of open connections that request asynchronously and 
emit the response to the stream, once available, you can improve your 
throughput (see [0]).

Depending on your use case maybe the SourceFunction can only be 
responsible for determining e.g. ids and the AsyncFunction is requesting 
these ids via REST. This way you could leverage the available async 

I hope this helps.



Am 14.05.18 um 14:51 schrieb Federico D'Ambrosio:
> Hello everyone,
> just wanted to ask a quick question: I have to retrieve data from 2 
> web services via REST calls, use them as sources and push these data 
> to Kafka. So far, I implemented a SourceFunction which deals with 
> making the calls with the respective clients.
> Now, the function does use, for each REST call, Await.result(....). Do 
> I need to use Flink's AsyncFunction instead? What are the best 
> practices when it comes to AsyncSources?
> Thank you,
> -- 
> Federico D'Ambrosio

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