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From Arvid Heise <ar...@ververica.com>
Subject Re: run flink on edge vs hub
Date Mon, 18 May 2020 15:03:55 GMT
Hi Eleanore,

The question in general is what you understand under edge data centers as
the term is pretty fuzzy. Since Flink is running on Java, it's not suitable
for embedded clusters as of now. There is plenty of work done already to
tests that Flink runs on ARM clusters [1].

If you just mean in general moving away from a monolithic hub cluster to
smaller clusters, then this is easily done with Flink on the compute side.
The question is rather how data storage should look in such an edge setting
and how the interfaces look.

>From your example, it seems as if you want to use Flink as a reactive
server, possibly easily scalable. If so, then yes it is possible with
Flink, even though I'd say it's not the primary use case for Flink. In any
case, synchronous requests will be a bit difficult/unnatural. I'd probably
go for an async job pattern. So Flink listens to some port for requests (
socketTextStream [2]) with a job id, processes data and keeps the data in
state keyed by job id. The client then uses the job id to fetch the job
state through queryable state [2]. The responses eventually time out
through TTL [4].

Of course, you'd put a small proxy in front of that composited job
(separate input/query port) that translates the queries from the client to
the Flink job. The proxy would most likely also generate the job id and
return it to the client. Ultimately, that proxy could offer a synchronous
interface and pull for the result itself, but that makes the proxy suddenly
quite heavy.

The proxy setup can be reused for different edge clusters making it a one
time investment. Note that there are other software stacks for reactive
servers that offer the functionality out of the box.


On Mon, May 18, 2020 at 4:39 AM Eleanore Jin <eleanore.jin@gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi Community,
> Currently we are running flink in 'hub' data centers where data is
> ingested into the platform via kafka, and flink job will read from kafka,
> do the transformations, and publish to another kafka topic.
> I would also like to see if the same logic (read input message -> do
> transformation -> return output message) can be applied on 'edge' data
> centers.
> The requirement for run on 'edge' is to return the response synchronously.
> Like the synchronous http based request/response.
> Can you please provide some guidance/thoughts on this?
> Thanks a lot!
> Eleanore


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