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Re: Async Source Function in Flink

I see, thank you very much for your answer! I'll look into pool connection handling.

Alternatively, I suppose that since it is a SourceFunction, even synchronous calls may be used without side effects in Flink?

Thank you,

Il giorno mar 15 mag 2018 alle ore 16:16 Timo Walther <twalthr@xxxxxxxxxx> ha scritto:
Hi Frederico,

Flink's AsyncFunction is meant for enriching a record with information that needs to be queried externally. So I guess you can't use it for your use case because an async call is initiated by the input. However, your custom SourceFunction could implement a similar asynchronous logic. By having a pool of open connections that request asynchronously and emit the response to the stream, once available, you can improve your throughput (see [0]).

Depending on your use case maybe the SourceFunction can only be responsible for determining e.g. ids and the AsyncFunction is requesting these ids via REST. This way you could leverage the available async capabilities.

I hope this helps.


[0] https://ci.apache.org/projects/flink/flink-docs-master/dev/stream/operators/asyncio.html#the-need-for-asynchronous-io-operations

Am 14.05.18 um 14:51 schrieb Federico D'Ambrosio:
Hello everyone,

just wanted to ask a quick question: I have to retrieve data from 2 web services via REST calls, use them as sources and push these data to Kafka. So far, I implemented a SourceFunction which deals with making the calls with the respective clients.

Now, the function does use, for each REST call, Await.result(....). Do I need to use Flink's AsyncFunction instead? What are the best practices when it comes to AsyncSources?

Thank you,
Federico D'Ambrosio

Federico D'Ambrosio