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From Jacek Laskowski <>
Subject Re: [DISCUSS] Add RocksDB StateStore
Date Mon, 08 Feb 2021 16:59:53 GMT

I'm "okay to add RocksDB StateStore as external module". See no reason not

Jacek Laskowski
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On Tue, Feb 2, 2021 at 9:32 AM Liang-Chi Hsieh <> wrote:

> Hi devs,
> In Spark structured streaming, we need state store for state management for
> stateful operators such streaming aggregates, joins, etc. We have one and
> only one state store implementation now. It is in-memory hashmap which was
> backed up in HDFS complaint file system at the end of every micro-batch.
> As it basically uses in-memory map to store states, memory consumption is a
> serious issue and state store size is limited by the size of the executor
> memory. Moreover, state store using more memory means it may impact the
> performance of task execution that requires memory too.
> Internally we see more streaming applications that requires large state in
> stateful operations. For such requirements, we need a StateStore not rely
> on
> memory to store states.
> This seems to be also true externally as several other major streaming
> frameworks already use RocksDB for state management. RocksDB is an embedded
> DB and streaming engines can use it to store state instead of memory
> storage.
> So seems to me, it is proven to be good choice for large state usage. But
> Spark SS still lacks of a built-in state store for the requirement.
> Previously there was one attempt SPARK-28120 to add RocksDB StateStore into
> Spark SS. IIUC, it was pushed back due to two concerns: extra code
> maintenance cost and it introduces RocksDB dependency.
> For the first concern, as more users require to use the feature, it should
> be highly used code in SS and more developers will look at it. For second
> one, we propose (SPARK-34198) to add it as an external module to relieve
> the
> dependency concern.
> Because it was pushed back previously, I'm going to raise this discussion
> to
> know what people think about it now, in advance of submitting any code.
> I think there might be some possible opinions:
> 1. okay to add RocksDB StateStore into sql core module
> 2. not okay for 1, but okay to add RocksDB StateStore as external module
> 3. either 1 or 2 is okay
> 4. not okay to add RocksDB StateStore, no matter into sql core or as
> external module
> Please let us know if you have some thoughts.
> Thank you.
> Liang-Chi Hsieh
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