Building Graphs at a Large Scale: Union Find Shuffle

12/10/2020 ∙ by Saigopal Thota, et al. ∙ 0

Large scale graph processing using distributed computing frameworks is becoming pervasive and efficient in the industry. In this work, we present a highly scalable and configurable distributed algorithm for building connected components, called Union Find Shuffle (UFS) with Path Compression. The scale and complexity of the algorithm are a function of the number of partitions into which the data is initially partitioned, and the size of the connected components. We discuss the complexity and the benchmarks compared to similar approaches. We also present current benchmarks of our production system, running on commodity out-of-the-box cloud Hadoop infrastructure, where the algorithm was deployed over a year ago, scaled to around 75 Billion nodes and 60 Billions linkages (and growing). We highlight the key aspects of our algorithm which enable seamless scaling and performance even in the presence of skewed data with large connected components in the size of 10 Billion nodes each.

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