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From Francisco Blaya <francisco.bl...@hivehome.com>
Subject Problem with Flink restoring from checkpoints
Date Wed, 19 Jul 2017 14:55:24 GMT

We have a Flink job running on AWS EMR sourcing a Kafka topic and
persisting the events to S3 through a DateTimeBucketer. We configured the
bucketer to flush to S3 with an inactivity period of 5 mins.The rate at
which events are written to Kafka in the first place is very low so it is
easy for us to investigate how the Flink job would recover in respect to
Kafka offsets after the job gets cancelled or the Yarn session killed.

What we found is that Flink acks Kafka immediately before even writing to
S3. The consequence of this seems to be that if the job gets cancelled
before the acked events are flushed to S3 then these are lost, they don't
get written when the job restarts. Flink doesn't seem to keep in its
checkpointed state the fact that it acked those events but never flushed
them to S3. Checkpoints are created every 5 seconds in S3.

We've also tried to configure externalized checkpoints throught
"state.checkpoints.dir" configuration key and
in the job so that they don't automatically get cleaned up when the job
gets cancelled or the Yarn session killed. We can see the job uses a
restored checkpoint upon restart but still we get missing events in S3.

Has anyone come across this behaviour before? Are we assuming something

We're using EMR 5.4.0 and Flink 1.2.0.


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