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Peter Mburu

02/19/2024, 10:34 AM
how does partitions work?
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Scout

02/19/2024, 10:34 AM
Partitions in Dagster are a way to organize and manage data and computations in your data pipelines. Here's a step-by-step explanation of how partitions work, based on the documentation: 1. Data Organization: Partitioning allows you to divide your data into smaller, more manageable subsets. This can be particularly useful when dealing with large volumes of data. For example, you might partition your data by time (e.g., daily or hourly partitions) or by a certain attribute (e.g., customer ID). 2. Independent Tracking and Computation: Each partition corresponds to a slice of your data and can be tracked and computed independently. This means that you can run computations on just one partition of data at a time, rather than having to process the entire dataset. 3. Performance and Cost Efficiency: By operating on subsets of data, partitioning can make your data pipelines more performant and cost-efficient. It allows for parallel processing and can reduce the amount of data that needs to be processed at any given time. 4. Scheduling and Backfills: With partitions, you can define schedules that fill in a partition each time they run. For instance, a job might run daily and process the data from the previous day. You can also launch backfills, which are sets of runs that process different partitions. This is useful when you need to reprocess data after a code change or to catch up on missed computations. 5. Dagster UI Integration: The Dagster UI (Dagit) provides a way to view the status of your partitions, allowing you to quickly identify missing or failed partitions. You can also launch backfills and view the history of previous backfills for easier debugging and maintenance. 6. Partitioned Data Assets: A partitioned data asset is a model that lies between a single monolithic data asset and a set of distinct data assets. It allows you to have the best of both worlds by managing data that is logically related but physically separated. 7. Use Cases: Common use cases for partitioning include processing data separately for each customer, where each customer's data is a partition, or having a daily-partitioned table where each partition corresponds to a day's worth of data. In summary, partitions in Dagster help you manage and process your data more efficiently by breaking it down into smaller, independently manageable pieces. This can lead to improved performance, scalability, resiliency, maintainability, and organization of your data pipelines.
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Peter Mburu

02/19/2024, 10:59 AM
@Scout from IMF api, i'm interested in GDP, Price, labor statistics and CPI, should create pipeline for each them or use partitions
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Scout

02/19/2024, 10:59 AM
Whether to create separate pipelines for GDP, Price, Labor Statistics, and CPI from the IMF API or to use partitions within a single pipeline depends on several factors, including the similarity of the data retrieval and processing steps, the interdependencies of the data, and how you plan to use the data downstream. Here are some considerations to help you decide: 1. Similarity of Data Processing: If the steps to retrieve and process the data from the IMF API are similar for GDP, Price, Labor Statistics, and CPI, it might make sense to use a single pipeline with different partitions for each data type. This way, you can reuse the same code and logic across different partitions, which can simplify maintenance and updates. 2. Interdependencies: If the different data types are interdependent or if computations for one type depend on the results of another, it might be more efficient to handle them within the same pipeline. This allows you to manage dependencies more easily and ensure that data is processed in the correct order. 3. Scheduling and Frequency: Consider how often you need to retrieve each data type. If they all update on the same schedule, it might be more convenient to use a single pipeline with partitions. However, if they update on different schedules or at different frequencies, separate pipelines might be more appropriate to allow for independent scheduling. 4. Downstream Consumption: Think about how the data will be consumed downstream. If the different data types are used together for further analysis or reporting, having them in the same pipeline might make it easier to combine and compare the data. If they are used independently, separate pipelines could be more manageable. 5. Resource Utilization: Consider the resource utilization and performance implications. If processing each data type requires significant resources, it might be better to have separate pipelines to avoid resource contention and to allow for independent scaling. 6. Complexity and Isolation: Separate pipelines can provide better isolation, which can be beneficial if different teams are responsible for different data types. It also reduces the risk that an issue with one pipeline will affect the others. 7. Code Reusability and Modularity: If you can abstract the common logic into reusable components, you might opt for separate pipelines that call these shared components. This approach combines the benefits of modularity with the flexibility of separate pipelines. Ultimately, the decision should be based on the specific requirements of your project, the nature of the data, and the operational considerations. If you're still unsure, you can start with the approach that seems most straightforward and refactor later as you learn mor
e about the data and its usage patterns. Dagster's flexibility allows you to evolve your pipelines over time as your understanding of the problem space deepens. Pushing REST-API data to Google Sheets w... button Pipeline design with partitions button I/O managers | Dagster button How do I do dynamic fan out with Dagster... button Thank you for your feedback!
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Peter Mburu

02/19/2024, 11:18 AM
@Scout is there a way to access the name of the partition inside an asset
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