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SGraph: A Distributed Streaming System for Processing Big Graphs

  • Cheng Chen
  • Hejun WuEmail author
  • Dyce Jing Zhao
  • Da Yan
  • James Cheng
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9784)

Abstract

Big graph processing has been widely used in various computational domains, ranging from language modeling to social networks. Graph-parallel systems have been proposed to process such big graphs on clusters with up to hundreds of nodes. However, the size of a big graph often exceeds the available main memories in a small cluster. As a consequence, task failures happen frequently. To address this problem, we propose SGraph, a distributed streaming graph processing system built on top of Spark. SGraph introduces a streaming data model to avoid loading all of the graph data which may exceed the available RAM space. In addition, SGraph leverages an edge-centric scatter-gather computing model that can be used to conveniently implement graph algorithms. Experiments demonstrate that SGraph can process graphs with up to 1.5 billion edges on small clusters with several low-cost commodity PCs, whereas existing systems may require up to tens or hundreds of high-end machines. Furthermore, SGraph is up to 2.3 times faster than existing systems.

Keywords

Distributed computing Graph processing Streaming 

Notes

Acknowledgement

We appreciate the reviewers’s comments and the efforts of open-source contributors. This paper is supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China-Guangdong Government Joint Funding (2nd) for Super Computer Application Research and the Hong Kong GRF 2150851.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cheng Chen
    • 1
    • 2
  • Hejun Wu
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Dyce Jing Zhao
    • 3
  • Da Yan
    • 4
  • James Cheng
    • 4
  1. 1.Guangdong Province Key Laboratory of Big Data Analysis and ProcessingSun Yat-Sen UniversityGuangzhouChina
  2. 2.SYSU-CMU Shunde International Joint Research Institute (JRI)FoshanChina
  3. 3.BNU-HKBU United International CollegeZhuhaiHong Kong
  4. 4.Department of Computer Science and EngineeringThe Chinese University of Hong KongShatinHong Kong

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