On the Performance and Convergence of Distributed Stream Processing via Approximate Fault Tolerance.
Fault tolerance is critical for distributed stream processing systems, yet achieving error-free fault tolerance often incurs substantial performance overhead. We present AF-Stream, a distributed stream processing system that addresses the trade-off between performance and accuracy in fault tolerance. AF-Stream builds on a notion called approximate fault tolerance, whose idea is to mitigate backup overhead by adaptively issuing backups, while ensuring that the errors upon failures are bounded with theoretical guarantees. Our AF-Stream design provides an extensible programming model for incorporating general streaming algorithms as well as exports only few threshold parameters for configuring approximation fault tolerance. Furthermore, we formally prove that AF-Stream preserves high algorithm-specific accuracy of streaming algorithms, and in particular the convergence guarantees of online learning. Experiments show that AF-Stream maintains high performance (compared to no fault tolerance) and high accuracy after multiple failures (compared to no failures) under various streaming algorithms.
Publisher URL: http://arxiv.org/abs/1811.04570