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From "Claudio Martella (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (GIRAPH-613) Remove Writable from the interfaces implemented by Vertex
Date Tue, 09 Apr 2013 18:46:20 GMT


Claudio Martella commented on GIRAPH-613:

As a matter of fact, you're right, we should not allow at all the user to touch that part.
I started it like that to make it a softer transition, but the more I think of it (and the
more of you agree), the more I think it should not be possible completely.

One example why I want to introduce this is that it would allow us to take control of the
serialization and avoid writing back edges in the out-of-core partitions for computations
where the adjacencies don't change, with support of a user parameter (giraph.StaticGraph).
As most of the algorithms and analytics out there do not mutate the graph, it would be a big

Does this make more sense now? If I have your +1, I'll remove the possibility for the user
to implement his own VertexWritable class.

I like what you propose, it would also save A LOT OF MEMORY.
> Remove Writable from the interfaces implemented by Vertex
> ---------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: GIRAPH-613
>                 URL:
>             Project: Giraph
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>            Reporter: Claudio Martella
>            Priority: Minor
>         Attachments: NonWritable.diff
> Currently, Vertex implements Writable, meaning that we depend on the user (except for
the default implementation) on the way the graph is serialised and deserialized. This means
we cannot do certain optimisations, and the user can actually add additional stuff to Vertex
more than Value, Id, Edges and halt state. By removing this possibility (or allowing them
to extend a default implementation) we take control of this.

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