StreamingExecutionRelation Leaf Logical Operator for Streaming Source At Execution

StreamingExecutionRelation is a leaf logical operator (i.e. LogicalPlan) that represents a streaming source in the logical query plan of a streaming Dataset.

The main use of StreamingExecutionRelation logical operator is to be a "placeholder" in a logical query plan that will be replaced with the real relation (with new data that has arrived since the last batch) or an empty LocalRelation when StreamExecution is requested to transforming logical plan to include the Sources and MicroBatchReaders with new data.

StreamingExecutionRelation is created for a StreamingRelation in analyzed logical query plan (that is the execution representation of a streaming Dataset).


Right after StreamExecution has started running streaming batches it initializes the streaming sources by transforming the analyzed logical plan of the streaming Dataset so that every StreamingRelation logical operator is replaced by the corresponding StreamingExecutionRelation.

Figure 1. StreamingExecutionRelation Represents Streaming Source At Execution
StreamingExecutionRelation is also resolved (aka planned) to a StreamingRelationExec physical operator in StreamingRelationStrategy execution planning strategy only when explaining a streaming Dataset.

Creating StreamingExecutionRelation Instance

StreamingExecutionRelation takes the following when created:

Creating StreamingExecutionRelation (based on a Source) — apply Object Method

apply(source: Source): StreamingExecutionRelation

apply creates a StreamingExecutionRelation for the input source and with the attributes of the schema of the source.

apply seems to be used for tests only.

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