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Wade Waldron

Wade Waldron

Staff Software Practice Lead

Anatomy of a Stream


A Flink datastream consists of multiple moving parts, including Sources, Sinks, and Operators. How these pieces fit together can be compared to a plumbing system where the water flowing through the plumbing is similar to the data flowing through the stream. This analogy can be especially useful when trying to understand the role of backpressure in the stream. This video will walk through the various components in a datastream using the plumbing analogy to help explain each stage.


  • Sources
  • Sinks
  • Operators
  • Backpressure


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