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From Tathagata Das <>
Subject Re: Low Level Kafka Consumer for Spark
Date Fri, 05 Sep 2014 17:44:17 GMT
Some thoughts on this thread to clarify the doubts.

1. Driver recovery: The current (1.1 to be released) does not recover the
raw data that has been received but not processes. This is because when the
driver dies, the executors die and so does the raw data that was stored in
it. Only for HDFS, the data is not lost by driver recovery as the data is
already present reliably in HDFS. This is something we want to fix by Spark
1.2 (3 month from now). Regarding recovery by replaying the data from
Kafka, it is possible but tricky. Our goal is to provide strong guarantee,
exactly-once semantics in all transformations. To guarantee this for all
kinds of streaming computations stateful and not-stateful computations, it
is requires that the data be replayed through Kafka in exactly same order,
and the underlying blocks of data in Spark be regenerated in the exact way
as it would have if there was no driver failure. This is quite tricky to
implement, requires manipulation of zookeeper offsets, etc, that is hard to
do with the high level consumer that KafkaUtil uses. Dibyendu's low level
Kafka receiver may enable such approaches in the future. For now we
definitely plan to solve the first problem very very soon.

3. Repartitioning: I am trying to understand the repartition issue. One
common mistake I have seen is that developers repartition a stream but not
use the repartitioned stream.


val repartitionedDStream = inputDStream.repartitoin(100)

Not sure if this helps solve the problem that you all the facing. I am
going to add this to the stremaing programming guide to make sure this
common mistake is avoided.


On Wed, Sep 3, 2014 at 10:38 AM, Dibyendu Bhattacharya <> wrote:

> Hi,
> Sorry for little delay . As discussed in this thread, I have modified the
> Kafka-Spark-Consumer (
> code to have dedicated Receiver for every Topic Partition. You can see the
> example howto create Union of these receivers
> in .
> Thanks to Chris for suggesting this change.
> Regards,
> Dibyendu
> On Mon, Sep 1, 2014 at 2:55 AM, RodrigoB <>
> wrote:
>> Just a comment on the recovery part.
>> Is it correct to say that currently Spark Streaming recovery design does
>> not
>> consider re-computations (upon metadata lineage recovery) that depend on
>> blocks of data of the received stream?
>> Just to illustrate a real use case (mine):
>> - We have object states which have a Duration field per state which is
>> incremented on every batch interval. Also this object state is reset to 0
>> upon incoming state changing events. Let's supposed there is at least one
>> event since the last data checkpoint. This will lead to inconsistency upon
>> driver recovery: The Duration field will get incremented from the data
>> checkpoint version until the recovery moment, but the state change event
>> will never be in the end we have the old state with the
>> wrong Duration value.
>> To make things worst, let's imagine we're dumping the Duration increases
>> somewhere...which means we're spreading the problem across our system.
>> Re-computation awareness is something I've commented on another thread and
>> rather treat it separately.
>> Re-computations do occur, but the only RDD's that are recovered are the
>> ones
>> from the data checkpoint. This is what we've seen. Is not enough by itself
>> to ensure recovery of computed data and this partial recovery leads to
>> inconsistency in some cases.
>> Roger - I share the same question with you - I'm just not sure if the
>> replicated data really gets persisted on every batch. The execution
>> lineage
>> is checkpointed, but if we have big chunks of data being consumed to
>> Receiver node on let's say a second bases then having it persisted to HDFS
>> every second could be a big challenge for keeping JVM performance - maybe
>> that could be reason why it's not really implemented...assuming it isn't.
>> Dibyendu had a great effort with the offset controlling code but the
>> general
>> state consistent recovery feels to me like another big issue to address.
>> I plan on having a dive into the Streaming code and try to at least
>> contribute with some ideas. Some more insight from anyone on the dev team
>> will be very appreciated.
>> tnks,
>> Rod
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