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Operators transform one or more DataStreams into a new DataStream. Programs can combine multiple transformations into sophisticated dataflow topologies.
DataStream Transformations #
DataStream programs in Flink are regular programs that implement transformations on data streams (e.g., mapping, filtering, reducing). Please see operators for an overview of the available transformations in Python DataStream API.
Transformations accept user-defined functions as input to define the functionality of the transformations. The following section describes different ways of defining Python user-defined functions in Python DataStream API.
Implementing Function Interfaces #
Different Function interfaces are provided for different transformations in the Python DataStream API. For example,
MapFunction is provided for the
FilterFunction is provided for the
filter transformation, etc.
Users can implement the corresponding Function interface according to the type of the transformation. Take MapFunction for
# Implementing MapFunction class MyMapFunction(MapFunction): def map(self, value): return value + 1 data_stream = env.from_collection([1, 2, 3, 4, 5], type_info=Types.INT()) mapped_stream = data_stream.map(MyMapFunction(), output_type=Types.INT())
Lambda Function #
As shown in the following example, the transformations can also accept a lambda function to define the functionality of the transformation:
data_stream = env.from_collection([1, 2, 3, 4, 5], type_info=Types.INT()) mapped_stream = data_stream.map(lambda x: x + 1, output_type=Types.INT())
ConnectedStream.flat_map() do not support
lambda function and must accept
Python Function #
Users could also use Python function to define the functionality of the transformation:
def my_map_func(value): return value + 1 data_stream = env.from_collection([1, 2, 3, 4, 5], type_info=Types.INT()) mapped_stream = data_stream.map(my_map_func, output_type=Types.INT())
Output Type #
Users could specify the output type information of the transformation explicitly in Python DataStream API. If not
specified, the output type will be
Types.PICKLED_BYTE_ARRAY by default, and the result data will be serialized using pickle serializer.
For more details about the pickle serializer, please refer to Pickle Serialization.
Generally, the output type needs to be specified in the following scenarios.
Convert DataStream into Table #
from pyflink.common.typeinfo import Types from pyflink.datastream import StreamExecutionEnvironment from pyflink.table import StreamTableEnvironment def data_stream_api_demo(): env = StreamExecutionEnvironment.get_execution_environment() t_env = StreamTableEnvironment.create(stream_execution_environment=env) t_env.execute_sql(""" CREATE TABLE my_source ( a INT, b VARCHAR ) WITH ( 'connector' = 'datagen', 'number-of-rows' = '10' ) """) ds = t_env.to_append_stream( t_env.from_path('my_source'), Types.ROW([Types.INT(), Types.STRING()])) def split(s): splits = s.split("|") for sp in splits: yield s, sp ds = ds.map(lambda i: (i + 1, i)) \ .flat_map(split, Types.TUPLE([Types.INT(), Types.STRING()])) \ .key_by(lambda i: i) \ .reduce(lambda i, j: (i + j, i)) t_env.execute_sql(""" CREATE TABLE my_sink ( a INT, b VARCHAR ) WITH ( 'connector' = 'print' ) """) table = t_env.from_data_stream(ds) table_result = table.execute_insert("my_sink") # 1）wait for job finishes and only used in local execution, otherwise, it may happen that the script exits with the job is still running # 2）should be removed when submitting the job to a remote cluster such as YARN, standalone, K8s etc in detach mode table_result.wait() if __name__ == '__main__': data_stream_api_demo()
The output type must be specified for the flat_map operation in the above example which will be used as
the output type of the reduce operation implicitly. The reason is that
t_env.from_data_stream(ds) requires the output type of
ds must be a composite type.
Write DataStream to Sink #
from pyflink.common.typeinfo import Types def split(s): splits = s.split("|") for sp in splits: yield s, sp ds.map(lambda i: (i + 1, i), Types.TUPLE([Types.INT(), Types.STRING()])) \ .sink_to(...)
Generally, the output type needs to be specified for the map operation in the above example if the sink only accepts special kinds of data, e.g. Row, etc.
Operator Chaining #
By default, multiple non-shuffle Python functions will be chained together to avoid the serialization and
deserialization and improve the performance. There are also cases where you may want to disable
the chaining, e.g., there is a
flatmap function which will produce a large number of elements for
each input element and disabling the chaining allows to process its output in a different parallelism.
Operator chaining could be disabled in one of the following ways:
- Disable chaining with following operators by adding a
partition_customoperation after the current operator.
- Disable chaining with preceding operators by applying a
start_new_chainoperation for the current operator.
- Disable chaining with preceding and following operators by applying a
disable_chainingoperation for the current operator.
- Disable chaining of two operators by setting different parallelisms or different slot sharing group for them.
- You could also disable all the operator chaining via configuration
Bundling Python Functions #
To run Python functions in any non-local mode, it is strongly recommended
bundling your Python functions definitions using the config option
if your Python functions live outside the file where the
main() function is defined.
Otherwise, you may run into
ModuleNotFoundError: No module named 'my_function'
if you define Python functions in a file called
Loading resources in Python Functions #
There are scenarios when you want to load some resources in Python functions first, then running computation over and over again, without having to re-load the resources. For example, you may want to load a large deep learning model only once, then run batch prediction against the model multiple times.
open method inherited from the base class
Function is exactly what you need.
class Predict(MapFunction): def open(self, runtime_context: RuntimeContext): import pickle with open("resources.zip/resources/model.pkl", "rb") as f: self.model = pickle.load(f) def eval(self, x): return self.model.predict(x)