The HERE platform supports Apache Flink framework for running streaming pipelines. We offer two different modules to do that, Flink Connector and Flink Support.
The Flink Connector currently supports stream layer only. Support for all other layer types will be added in the next releases.
HERE strongly suggests to use Flink Connector whenever possible as this allows to make use of the full power of Apache Flink framework.
Flink Connector and Flink Support modules can be combined.
Flink Connector implements the standard Flink interfaces that allow you to create source
Tables for reading and sink
Tables for writing to stream layers.
As a result, you can use both the relational APIs that Flink supports, which are
Table API and
SQL. Moreover, you can convert a
Table to a
DataStream and use the Flink
This means, your business logic does not need to contain any HERE-specific function calls.
For detailed explanation of Flink Connector please see Flink Connector.
Flink Support is a HERE-proprietary implementation of using data from HERE platform catalogs and layers with Apache Flink framework. The distribution of processing jobs to workers is done by Flink but the data model is a HERE-proprietary format. There is no SQL-like interface, so you cannot select and filter data using
In the end,
FlinkDataClient is a wrapper for regular
DataClient making sure that all asynchronous communication is syncronized to make it usable with Flink
Sink interfaces. There are no additional functions for tabular access.
There are plans but no defined dates yet to retire Flink Support module in long term.