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From "Wang, Larry" <>
Subject RE: Qs on airflow
Date Mon, 25 Sep 2017 06:22:44 GMT

From: Gerard Toonstra []
Sent: Monday, September 25, 2017 2:01 PM
To:; Wang, Larry <>
Subject: Re: Qs on airflow

Hi Larry,

The important thing to question is what kind of interface that other system has. It is a little
bit unusual in the sense that this DAG processes across multiple days.
The potential issue I foresee here is that you don't mention a consistent start date for the
DAG and you expect this to run in an ad-hoc manner. Most DAGs would process
"windows" of activity and you may get some issues with the time always resetting to the defined
scheduled start of the DAG.

What most DAGs would do to enable this is to have sensor tasks in the DAG. A Hadoop job for
example executes asynchronously from the originating request.
You'd have a task to kick off the job, save the job id and then in another task fetch the
job id through xcom and continue polling using this sensor task to verify
if the job finished (with either failed or finished). Then you allow the DAG to continue or

So this is where the job interface question comes into play. It depends what you have available
to verify the status of jobs and then you'd probably write some
operators around that job interface. If these jobs never surpass a week, then you could start
defining a week interval, so you're never crossing these boundaries.

Then look into for example the LatestOnlyOperator on how you can get the left-most execution
date (datetime) when the dagrun was started. There should be other
ways to get the exact start/datetime of the task of your interest (when the job was started),
then figure out the total processing time you need. Then run that sensor
every hour in a retry or something.

Alternatives are to look at what these tasks produce. For example, if you drop files into
S3 at the end of a process, look for those artifacts as a means to
identify if the task succeeded or failed. Or perhaps even easier, write control files in each
workload that you can check for in airflow, which can be easier than having to
implement a job control interface thingy.

You could also start the DAG and rely on 'retry' functionality in airflow and then you calculate
what interval size and how many retries you need to get to 3 days in total,
after which that task fails.



On Mon, Sep 25, 2017 at 3:41 AM, Wang, Larry <<>>
Any updates on this?

we basically want to build following DAG, and the group of BBTs in rectangle( start with snap
should be triggered in daily basis)

From: Wang, Larry
Sent: Sunday, September 24, 2017 11:23 PM
To: '<>' <<>>
Subject: Qs on airflow

Hi experts,

I am new to airflow and want to ask some questions of it to see if it is possible to leverage
this tool in our daily works, please check them in below.

1st, I am implementing a system with 3 level workloads, the 1st workloads is triggered at
day 1, and then the 2nd workload is triggered at day 3 only if the 1st job could run long
enough with 3 days and then the last workload will be trigger at day 5 if both previous workloads
could continue running. Is this possible mapping to DAGs of the airflow?

2nd, Given the 1st workloads warming  up and  keep consuming certain system resources, a bunch
operation will be kicked out in a queue, is it possible?

Thanks and best regards
Larry  Wang

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