Run a Flink application on the platform

Objectives: Run a simple Flink application on the platform and monitor the application execution.

Complexity: Beginner

Time to complete: 40 min

Depends on: Develop a Flink application, Organize your work in projects

This tutorial demonstrates how to run a Flink application developed in the Develop a Flink application tutorial on the platform. It shows how to get information about the execution of the application using Grafana, Splunk, Flink UI, and Platform Billing Page.

The tutorial covers the following topics:

Configure resources on the platform

You will run the application in a project. A project is a container for the HERE platform resources you use to build an app, service, or other work product. It can contain resources such as catalogs, pipelines, schemas, and services. The project controls which users, apps, and groups can access the resources in the project. We recommend that you use projects to manage all your platform resources. For more information about projects, see the Manage Projects documentation.

Let's create a project using the OLP CLI:

olp project create {{PROJECT_ID}} {{PROJECT_NAME}}

The OLP CLI should return the following message:

Project {{YOUR_PROJECT_HRN}} has been created.

Save the {{YOUR_PROJECT_HRN}} value to the console variable to simplify command running.

The next step is to create the input streaming catalog in the project we have created before. The --scope parameter is used to specify the project for OLP CLI.

Let's execute the following command to create the catalog using exactly the same catalog-with-stream-layer.json config file as we have used in the Develop Flink application tutorial:

 olp catalog create <catalog-id> <catalog-name> --config catalog-with-stream-layer.json --scope YOUR_PROJECT_HRN

The OLP CLI should return the following message:

Catalog YOUR_CATALOG_HRN has been created.

The next step is to configure the source code to use the catalog we have created before. Replace the YOUR_CATALOG_HRN placeholder in the following files:

  • pipeline-config.conf - if you run an application against RoW
  • pipeline-config-cn.conf - if you run an application against China
  • src/main/java/ - if you run a Java application.
  • src/main/scala/DevelopFlinkApplicationScala.scala - if you run a Scala application.

The application has to be packaged with all dependencies in a Fat JAR to be deployed on the platform. The Java/Scala SDK provides a package profile to generate the Fat JAR. The following command uses the profile to generate the Fat JAR.

 mvn -Pplatform clean package

The develop-flink-application-<tutorial-version>-platform.jar Fat JAR should be created in the target folder.

To run the Flink application on the platform, you need to get familiar with the Pipeline API.

The following image demonstrates the full pipeline deployment flow using the OLP CLI.

Pipeline deployment flow
Figure 1. Pipeline deployment flow

For more information about pipelines, see the Pipelines Developer's Guide.

Now you have all the resources used by the application, and the application configured to use them and prepared to be deployed on the platform. Let's launch the application.

Let's create a pipeline in the project scope using the following OPL CLI command:

 olp pipeline create {{PIPELINE_ID}} --scope {{YOUR_PROJECT_HRN}}

The OLP CLI should return the following message:

Pipeline {{YOUR_PIPELINE_ID}} has been created.

The next step is to create a pipeline template. Pipeline templates are provided to aid the user with creating pipelines. These templates contain reusable pipeline definitions - the implementation, as well as the input and output catalog schemas.

Let's understand what parameters are needed to create a pipeline template. You need to specify the template name and stream runtime environment, since in this tutorial we run a Flink application and use the stream environment on the platform. The next parameters are the Fat JAR created by the mvn package -Dplatform command and the name of the main class. Next, input catalog IDs should be specified that are expected in the pipeline version configuration. The last parameter is the project HRN, as we create all the resources in the project.

Let's create a pipeline template using the following OLP CLI command:

Java Application
Scala Application
olp pipeline template create {{TEMPLATE_NAME}} \
stream-5.0 target/develop-flink-application-<version>-platform.jar \ 
DevelopFlinkApplication --input-catalog-ids \
pipeline-config.conf --scope {{YOUR_PROJECT_HRN}} 
olp pipeline template create {{TEMPLATE_NAME}} \
stream-5.0 target/develop-flink-application-<version>-platform.jar \
DevelopFlinkApplicationScala --input-catalog-ids \
pipeline-config.conf --scope {{YOUR_PROJECT_HRN}} 

The OLP CLI should return the following message:

Pipeline template {{YOUR_PIPELINE_TEMPLATE_ID}} has been created.

The next step is to create a pipeline version. Within the Pipelines API, a version of the pipeline is a form of a pipeline and pipeline template.

Let's create a pipeline version in the project scope with the develop-flink billing tag on which you can get billing and usage which was produced in the pipeline in the Billing and Usage chapter using the following OLP CLI command:

  olp pipeline version create test-flink-version {{YOUR_PIPELINE_ID}} {{YOUR_PIPELINE_TEMPLATE_ID}} pipeline-config.conf --billing-tag develop-flink  --scope {{YOUR_PROJECT_HRN}}

The OLP CLI should return the following message:

 Pipeline {{YOUR_PIPELINE_ID}} has been created.

Once you have created the pipeline, pipeline template and pipeline version, you can run the application on the platform by activating the pipeline version with the following command:

  olp pipeline version activate {{YOUR_PIPELINE_ID}} {{PIPELINE_VERSION_ID}} --scope {{YOUR_PROJECT_HRN}}

The OLP CLI should return the following message:

 Pipeline version {{YOUR_PIPELINE_ID}} has been activated.

After this command is executed, the pipeline is started on the platform. You can check the current state of the pipeline on the Pipeline page or using the following OLP CLI command:

  olp pipeline version show {{YOUR_PIPELINE_ID}} {{PIPELINE_VERSION_ID}} --scope {{YOUR_PROJECT_HRN}}

The OLP CLI should return the information about the specified pipeline version, including its configuration, logging URL, pipeline UI URL. logging URL is the url to the Splunk logs and pipeline UI URL is the URL to the Flink UI. Remember the logging and pipeline UI URLs to use in the next chapters.

Details of the {{YOUR_PIPELINE_ID}} pipeline:
ID                       21b73602-325c-4379-b7f7-0757fcada214
version number           1
pipeline template ID     b6b8ac6e-9180-4ab4-ba4f-a371606d7785
output catalog HRN       {{YOUR_CATALOG_HRN}}
state                    running
created                  2022-02-18T09:28:04.767735Z
updated                  2022-02-18T09:29:33.611167Z
highAvailability         false
multi-region enabled     false
input catalogs
    ID                            HRN
logging URL    
pipeline UI URL
schedule                 none

The application is up and running on the platform. Let's check the execution plan and logs and configure monitoring for your application.

Flink features a web UI to inspect, monitor, and debug running applications.

Once you have a running pipeline, you can access the Flink UI. Use the pipeline UI URL from the results of olp pipeline version show command from the previous chapter.

You can use your application's Apache Flink Dashboard to monitor your streaming application's health.

Your application's dashboard shows the following information:

  • Resources in use, including Task Managers and Task Slots.
Flink Memory Model
Figure 2. Flink Memory Model
  • Information about Jobs, including those that are running, completed, canceled, and failed.
Information about Flink Streaming Job
Figure 3. Information about Flink Streaming Job

In the images above, you can find information about application execution, particularly, application status, duration of execution, task count, thread count, and information about Flink Memory Model, such as physical memory, JVM heap size, task heap size and so on.

For information about Apache Flink Task Managers, Task Slots, and Jobs, see Apache Flink Architecture on the Apache Flink website.

Get application logs from Splunk

Splunk is a software platform to search, analyze and visualize machine-generated data gathered from the websites, applications, sensors, devices, and other sources, which make up your IT infrastructure and business. For information on how to use Splunk, see the Splunk Enterprise User Documentation.

On the HERE platform, the Logging Level is set for a Pipeline Version. All the Jobs use the logging level associated with the corresponding Pipeline Version. Logging Levels can be set at the root level for the entire pipeline and/or as an individual logging level for a specified class. By default, error and warn log entries are sent to Splunk for review. How much information is reported in the logs depends on the logging level you select for each pipeline version when it is executed. Due to operational latency, it takes a few minutes for the changes to take effect. This may delay the availability of the logs at the new level in Splunk.

To check the current log level for your pipeline version, run the following OLP CLI command:

olp pipeline version log level get {{YOUR_PIPELINE_ID}} {{YOUR_PIPELINE_VERSION_ID}} --scope {{YOUR_PROJECT_HRN}}

The OLP CLI should return the following message:

Current logging configuration
root         warn

From the result output, you can see that the default log level is warn. This means that the Splunk will not display logs from our application because we log all the data using the method from the log4j library. In order for the Splunk to display our logs, it is necessary to set the log level to info.

The OLP CLI provides the olp pipeline version log level set command to set up logging for the pipeline version:

olp pipeline version log level set {{YOUR_PIPELINE_ID}} {{YOUR_PIPELINE_VERSION_ID}} --root info --scope {{YOUR_PROJECT_HRN}}

The OLP CLI should return the following message:

Current logging configuration
root      info

For more information on how to configure logging in your application, see the Pipelines Developer Guide to get .

So far, the application has not sent any logs to Splunk. The application sends logs only when it processes data from the input catalog. Let's send some data by running the following script that uploads data with the First HERE Platform Flink Application content to the stream layer 10 times every 5 seconds:


#!/usr/bin/env bash

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# catalog hrn with stream layer
# project hrn
# folder with data that is uploaded to the stream layer

# Upload data to the stream layer 10 times every 5 seconds
for i in {1..10}
  olp catalog layer stream put ${CATALOG_HRN} streaming-layer --input "${FOLDER_WITH_DATA}" --scope ${PROJECT_SCOPE}
  sleep 5

Execute the following command to run the script:


Each running Pipeline Version has a unique URL where the logs for that pipeline are stored. When using the CLI, the log URL information is supplied by the pipeline whenever a pipeline version is activated, upgraded, or when a status request is submitted.

Use the logging URL from the previous chapter to reach the Splunk UI.

Splunk UI with INFO logs
Figure 4. Splunk UI with INFO logs

If you need to find some specific logs in the Splunk, you can add a filter as the last parameter in the Search line. Pipeline logs are stored in the olp-<realm>_common index. For example, if your account is in the olp-here realm, your index would be olp-here_common.

From the picture below you can see that in the Search line the index is specified, the namespace is generated by the pipeline version, and the last First HERE Platform Flink Application parameter is just a filter by which we want to find data uploaded to the catalog before.

Splunk request with filter
Figure 5. Splunk request with filter

For more information on how to get logs from Splunk, see the Search Application Logs page.

This way, you can set up logging for your application to get information that was produced by your application using Splunk UI.

Monitor application data using Grafana Dashboard

Now that the application is running on the platform and you have verified that it is working correctly with Flink UI and Splunk, the next step is to set up monitoring.

Grafana is a complete observability stack that allows you to monitor and analyze metrics, logs and traces. It allows you to query, visualize, alert on and understand your data no matter where it is stored.

There is one Grafana per region. Metrics displayed on dashboards will belong only to that region. That's why the platform provides Primary and Secondary Regions Monitoring pages.

This tutorial runs on the Primary region and shows the instructions for Primary Region Grafana only.

This tutorial demonstrates how to monitor your application execution, or rather check the pipeline status using the existing Grafana Dashboard, create your own Grafana Dashboard that monitors the count of the running jobs and Grafana alert which sends an alert to you by email when no jobs are running.

To monitor the status of a pipeline, a Pipeline Status dashboard is available in Grafana.

Go to the platform portal, open the Launcher menu and select Primary Region Monitoring . This takes you to the Grafana home page.

The home page allows access to several dashboards. Several Default Dashboards are listed on the left side of the page. From the list of default dashboards, locate the OLP Pipeline Status dashboard. Click on the dashboard name to open it. The OLP Pipeline Status dashboard shows the current state of all pipelines in the realm. You can find your pipeline version in the list of all pipelines that are running if you select the Flink_1_X pipeline type and the pipelines_jobs_runnings job status. The picture below shows the number of running job for the specified pipeline version that are currently running:

Pipeline Status dashboard
Figure 6. Pipeline Status dashboard

The platform allows not only to use the existing Grafana dashboards but also to create your own.


If you want to create your own Grafana Dashboard and configure some specific metric query, you need to get Dashboards monitor role. This role can be granted by any user that has the OrgAdmin role on the platform.

To create your own Grafana dashboard, follow the steps below:

  • Click Create > Dashboard
  • Select Add Query and configure you query.
  • Add the sum({__name__="flink_jobmanager_numRunningJobs", pipelineId="YOUR_PIPELINE_ID"}) query to monitor the count of the running jobs. In the query above, the __name__ parameter is set to flink_jobmanager_numRunningJobs. It means that Grafana dashboard will show the total number of running jobs for the pipeline specified in the pipelineId field.

As a result you get a Grafana Dashboard that shows the number of running job for the specified pipeline ID that are currently running:

Grafana Dashboard
Figure 7. Grafana Dashboard

For more information on how to configure Grafana queries to monitor Flink applications, see the Logs, Monitoring and Alerts User Guide.

The next step is to create an Alert to monitor that there are running jobs for the pipeline. Grafana lets you set up alerts and request email notifications when a condition or threshold is met.

Firstly you need to create a notification channel using the following steps:

  • In Grafana, click the dropdown menu in the upper left, select Alerting > Notification Channels > New channel.
  • Specify the channel name Example Channel, select email in the type field and specify your email addresses in the Email settings chapter:

For more details and options, see the Grafana Documentation on Notifications .

To create an alert, follow the steps below:

  • Edit the Grafana Dashboard created as described above by clicking on the Panel Title and choosing Edit.
  • Select the Alert tab to add values to the alert.
  • Specify the rule name in the Name field. In the example the Name is Develop Flink Application Tutorial alert.
  • Specify the frequency with which the rules should be checked in the Evaluate every:1m and For:1 minutes.
  • Specify the conditions according to which the rules will be checked in the Conditions chapter. In the example, the condition is WHEN max() OF query(B, 1m,now) IS WITHIN RANGE 1 TO 1. This condition means that if the maximum result of the query on the B board in the range of each minute doesn't equal 1, you will receive an alert.
    For more information about conditions, see the Grafana Developer Guide.
  • Specify the previously created notification channel in the Send to tab and add the Message you want to send to the notification channel. In the example, the message is The number of running jobs reached 0.
Configuration of the Grafana Alerts
Figure 8. Configuration of the Grafana Alerts

Once the Grafana Dashboard and Alerts are configured, cancel the pipeline version to check that Grafana alerts work and that you received an alert in the email.

To cancel the pipeline version, use the following OLP CLI command:

olp pipeline version cancel {{YOUR_PIPELINE_ID}} {{YOUR_PIPELINE_TEMPLATE_ID}} --scope {{YOUR_PROJECT_HRN}}

A few minutes after canceling the pipeline, you will receive an alert in the email with the message you specified when setting up the Alert.

Received alert
Figure 9. Received alert

Billing and usage

Organizations can manage their platform spending by obtaining organization, project, and/or app usage, and setting the usage limit at different dimensions. If you are building a stack of solutions on the platform, you may want to monitor your usage for selected services to better manage your spending. The HERE platform provides a set of cost management tools to assist with your cost management needs.

You can differentiate the costs in two ways:

  • Using Project HRN, specifically, running the pipeline in the project scope as you do in this tutorial.
  • Using billingTag , you can create a string that is used to combine expenses on your invoices. For example, you can group multiple pipelines together for a project or activity where you want to highlight those specific costs. To be able to obtain information about usage and billing using the billing tag, you need to create a pipeline version with the --billing-tag parameter.

To check your billing and usage, perform the following steps:

  • Open the Billing & usage tab in the platform.
  • Select the time range and click Download .csv.
  • Find your billing and usage by the project HRN or billing tag if you specified it when creating the pipeline version.


Billing and usage data appear after 48 hours of running your application in the pipeline.

Information on which services were used during the program, how much data was used, and which items are billed is extracted from the CSV file to the table:

Category Service or Resource Name Billing Tag Project ID Start Date End Date Usage Amount Unit Rate per Unit ($/EUR) Total Price
Data Stream project_hrn 2022-02-01 2022-02-28 0.0596788192 MB/s-months 45 2.69
Data Stream TTL project_hrn 2022-02-01 2022-02-28 0.2098083504 GB/s-months 0.65 0.14
Data Data IO project_hrn 2022-02-01 2022-02-28 0.0001968937 GB 0.3 0
Pipelines Log Search IO develop-flink project_hrn 2022-02-01 2022-02-28 0.0016429862 GB 3.5 0.01
Pipelines Pipeline IO develop-flink project_hrn 2022-02-01 2022-02-28 0.0004324801 GB 0.13 0
Pipelines Compute Core develop-flink project_hrn 2022-02-01 2022-02-28 0.9063888889 Core-hours 0.13 0.12
Pipelines Compute RAM develop-flink project_hrn 2022-02-01 2022-02-28 6.3466666667 GB-hours 0.02 0.13

The table shows the billing metrics for the project we have created. You can also see that the billing tag is associated only with the pipeline metrics as it has been set only for the pipeline version and not for the stream layer.

The Data category billing metrics are connected to the usage of the stream catalog on the platform and the following services and resources used during the application execution:

  • Stream- for the allocated storage queue capacity for streaming data
  • Stream TTL - for the allocated disk storage calculated by the combination of the TTL data retention configuration (10 minutes up to 3 days) and the “MB/s In” throughput (volume) configuration set when creating a Stream Layer. Storage cost can be controlled by manipulating either of these values up or down.
  • Data IO - for transfer incurred when storing and accessing data in the HERE platform, both from within and from outside. Data IO is also incurred when ingesting data, publishing data and transferring data between the HERE platform components. An exception exists when data is written to or read from a Stream Layer using the direct connect protocol via the Data Client Library. In this specific case, no Data IO is incurred.

The Pipelines category billing metrics are connected to the running pipelines and the following services and resources were used during the application execution:

  • Log Search IO - for the data transfer incurred when pipeline generated log information is written and indexed for debugging purposes.
  • Pipeline IO - for data transfer incurred when a Pipeline reads or writes data to or from the public Internet.
  • Compute Core - for CPU Core Hours used by Pipelines and Notebooks when processing data in the HERE platform.
  • Compute RAM - for RAM Hours used by Pipelines and Notebooks when processing data in the HERE platform.

Another way to get a report on usage details is to indicate the project ID in the View dropdown on the Billing & usage page.

Filter usage details by project ID
Figure 10. Filter usage details by project ID

As a result, you will get aggregated usage details for your project in tabular form.

Aggregated usage details
Figure 11. Aggregated usage details

For the overview of cost concepts in the HERE platform, see the Billable cloud services.


In this tutorial you have learned about the stages of development of the Flink program, learned to debug Flink applications, got acquainted with such monitoring tools as Splunk, Grafana and Flink UI, and learned how to get Billing information on the platform.

Further information

For more details on the topics covered in this tutorial, see the following sources:

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