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From Thomas Browne <>
Subject Re: Question the nature of the "Zero Copy" advantages of Apache Arrow
Date Tue, 26 Jan 2021 18:07:23 GMT
don't I lose the benefit of mmapping huge files with a ramdisk? Cos the 
file has to now fit on my ramdisk.

Personally working with financial tick data which can be enormous.

On 26/01/2021 18:00, Daniel Nugent wrote:
> Is there a problem with just using a RAM disk as the method for 
> sharing the arrow buffers? It just seems easier and less finicky than 
> a separate API to program against.
> It also makes storing the data permanently a lot  more 
> straightforward, I think.
> --
> -Dan Nugent
> On Jan 26, 2021, 12:47 -0500, Thomas Browne <>, wrote:
>> So one of the big advantages of Arrow is the common format in memory, on
>> the wire, across languages.
>> I get that this makes it very easy and fast to transfer data between
>> nodes, and between languages, which will all share the in-memory format
>> and therefore the (often expensive) serialisation step is removed.
>> However, is it true that one of the core objectives of the project is
>> also to allow shared memory objects across different languages on the
>> same node? For example, a fast C-based ingest system constantly
>> populates a pyarrow buffer, which can be read directly by any other
>> application on that node, through pointer sharing?
>> If this is a core objective, what is the canonical way for brokering the
>> "pointers" to this data between languages? Is it the Plasma store? And
>> if so, are there plans for Plasma to move be implemented in other client
>> languages?
>> In short. Is Plasma (or if not Plasma, the functionality it provides
>> implemented some other way), a core objective of the project?
>> Or instead is Flight supposed to be used between languages on the same
>> node, and if so, does Flight provide true zero-copy (ie - the same
>> buffer, not copying the buffer) if run between processes on the same 
>> node?
>> Many thanks.

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