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回复:[DISCUSS] Unified Core API for Streaming and Batch

Hi haibo,

Thanks for bringing this discussion!

 I reviewd the google doc and really like the idea of unifying the stream and batch in all stacks. Currently only network runtime stack is unified for both stream and batch jobs, but the compilation, operator and runtime task stacks are all separate. The stream stack developed frequently and behaved dominantly these years, but the batch stack was touched less. If they are unified into one stack, the batch jobs can also get benefits from all the improvements. I think it is a very big work but worth doing, left some concerns:

1. The current job graph generation for batch covers complicated optimization such as cost-based estimate, plan etc. Would this part also be considered retaining during integrating with stream graph generation?

2. I saw some other special improvements for batch scenarios in the doc, such as input selection while reading. I acknowledge these roles for special batch scenarios, but they seem not the blocker for unification motivation, because current batch jobs can also work without these improvements. So the further improvments can be separated into individual topics after we reaching the unification of stream and batch firstly.


发件人:孙海波 <sunhaibotb@xxxxxxx>
发送时间:2018年12月3日(星期一) 10:52
收件人:dev <dev@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
主 题:[DISCUSS] Unified Core API for Streaming and Batch

Hi all,
This post proposes unified core API for Streaming and Batch. 
Currently DataStream and DataSet adopt separated compilation processes, execution tasks
and basic programming models in the runtime layer, which complicates the system implementation. 
We think that batch jobs can be processed in the same way as streaming jobs, thus we can unify
the execution stack of DataSet into that of DataStream.  After the unification the DataSet API will
also be built on top of StreamTransformation, and its basic programming model will be changed
from "UDF on Driver" to "UDF on StreamOperator". Although the DataSet operators will need to
implement the interface StreamOperator instead after the unification, user jobs do not need to change
since DataSet uses the same UDF interfaces as DataStream.

The unification has at least three benefits:
1. The system will be greatly simplified with the same execution stack for both streaming and batch jobs.
2. It is no longer necessary to implement two sets of Driver(s) (operator strategies) for batch, namely chained and non-chained.
3. The unified programming model enables streaming and batch jobs to share the same operator implementation.

The following is the design draft. Any feedback is highly appreciated. .