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  1. OpenNMS
  2. NMS-13100

Nephron: optimize aggregation calculation



    • Bug
    • Status: Resolved (View Workflow)
    • Minor
    • Resolution: Fixed
    • None
    • 28.0.0
    • None
    • Security Level: Default (Default Security Scheme)
    • None
    • Horizon 2021 - Jan 20 - Feb 3, Horizon 2021 - Feb 3 - Feb 17, Horizon 2021 - Feb 17 - Mar 3, Horizon 2021 - Mar 3 - Mar 17, Horizon 2021 - Mar 17 - Mar 31, Horizon 2021 - Mar 31 - Apr 14, Horizon 2021 - Apr 14 - Apr 28


      ATM the complete raw flow input is processed repeatedly (8 times) to calculate the different aggregations:

      • 1: exporter/interface
      • 3: exporter/interface/(app, conv, host)
      • 1: exporter/interface/tos
      • 3: exporter/interface/tos/(app, conv, host)

      This can be reduced to 3 times if aggregations are build on top of each other. In the first step the 3 aggregations

      • exporter/interface/tos/(app, conv, host)

      are calculated. By regrouping, all other aggregations can be derived therefrom.

      Unwanted behaviour of the accumulatingFiredPanes aggregation mode

      Using cascading aggregations revealed an unwanted behavior of the currently used "accumulatingFiredPanes" aggregation mode. In case of late data the in time data was summed up twice in the next higher aggregations.

      Let o and l be some data that arrived on time and late, respectively. At the lower level two panes are emitted, containing these results:

      • on time pane: o
      • late pane: o + l

      The results of these panes are fed as data into the next higher aggregation. This means that o is on time data and x=o+l is late data for the next level, resulting in these panes for the next level:

      • higher level on time pane: o
      • higher level late pane: o + x = o + o + l

      The DirectRunner used for testing showed another unwanted behavior that luckily does not exist for the FlinkRunner. That behavior is documented here for completeness only:

      In accumulatingFiredPanges aggregation mode, the DirectRunner reprocesses the complete contents of on-time panes when the result for late panes is calculated. For example if a, b, c are on time data and l is late data then following calculations take place:

      • on time pane: a+b+c
      • late pane: a+b+c+l

      Use of discardingFiredPanes aggregation mode instead of accumulatingFiredPanes

      ATM a single flow summary document is persisted in elastic search for each window/key. That document is updated in case that late data arrives.

      If the aggregation mode is changed to discardingFiredPanes then the unwanted behavior described above disappears. However, on time data and late data is no more accumulated in Nephron. Additional flow summary documents have to be persisted for late data and aggregation of late data with in on time data must be done by ElasticSearch.

      There are two things to keep in mind:

      1. More flow summary documents get persisted and ElasticSearch has more aggregation work to do.
      2. TopK calculations may be incorrect in case that some keys that did not make it into the topK keys in the on time pane receive enough of late data in later panes such that they should be part of the overall topK.

      The first issue seems not to be relevant for the customer at hand. The second issue seems not to be particularly relevant either:

      TopN results (based on topK aggregations) are already approximate:

      1. ElasticSearch's term aggregation is approximate: https://www.elastic.co/guide/en/elasticsearch/reference/current/search-aggregations-bucket-terms-aggregation.html#search-aggregations-bucket-terms-aggregation-approximate-counts
      2. TopN queries aggregate topK flow summaries documents over some time range. If for some windows the volume for a key is just below to make it into topK and for others it is the aggregated result is only an approximation of the real volume for that key of the whole time range.






            swachter Stefan Wachter
            swachter Stefan Wachter
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