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From Andrew Xor <>
Subject Re: Distribute Spout output among all bolts
Date Wed, 16 Jul 2014 23:40:57 GMT
Hi Tomas,

 As I said in my previous mail the grouping is for a bolt *task* not for
the actual number of spawned bolts; for example let's say you have two
bolts that have a parallelism hint of 3 and these two bolts are wired to
the same spout. If you set the bolts as such:

tb.setBolt("b1", new ExampleBolt(), 2 /* p-hint
tb.setBolt("b2", new ExampleBolt(), 2 /* p-hint

Then each of the tasks will receive half of the spout tuples but each
actual spawned bolt will receive all of the tuples emitted from the spout.
This is more evident if you set up a counter in the bolt counting how many
tuples if has received and testing this with no parallelism hint as such:

tb.setBolt("b1", new ExampleBolt(),).shuffleGrouping("spout1");
tb.setBolt("b2", new ExampleBolt()).shuffleGrouping("spout1");

Now you will see that both bolts will receive all tuples emitted by spout1.

Hope this helps.


On Thu, Jul 17, 2014 at 2:33 AM, Tomas Mazukna <>

> Andrew,
> when you connect your bolt to your spout you specify the grouping. If you
> use shuffle grouping then any free bolt gets the tuple - in my experience
> even in lightly loaded topologies the distribution amongst bolts is pretty
> even. If you use all grouping then all bolts receive a copy of the tuple.
> Use shuffle grouping and each of your bolts will get about 1/3 of the
> workload.
> Tomas
> On Wed, Jul 16, 2014 at 7:05 PM, Andrew Xor <>
> wrote:
>> H
>> ​i,
>>  I am trying to distribute the spout output to it's subscribed bolts
>> evenly; let's say that I have a spout that emits tuples and three bolts
>> that are subscribed to it. I want each of the three bolts to receive 1/3
>> rth of the output (or emit a tuple to each one of these bolts in turns).
>> Unfortunately as far as I understand all bolts will receive all of the
>> emitted tuples of that particular spout regardless of the grouping defined
>> (as grouping from my understanding is for bolt *tasks* not actual bolts).
>>  I've searched a bit and I can't seem to find a way to accomplish
>> that...​ is there a way to do that or I am searching in vain?
>> Thanks.
> --
> Tomas Mazukna
> 678-557-3834

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