Benjamin Heitmann commented on GIRAPH-170:
and sorry for being late to contributing to this discussion.
I am currently using Giraph to implement a graph based recommendation algorithm
which uses RDF data from DBPedia. I am not sure if that is enough of a use case
Generally speaking, statistical analysis of semantic networks should be the
most general motivation for using Giraph on RDF. In other words: Since RDF has
a native graph database model and RDF processing needs to happen on web scale,
Giraph could be a natural fit for processing RDF, if it would support RDF
input/ingestion in a native way.
Regarding the fundamental capabilities required for parsing NTriple files with
RDF: The TextInputFormat needs a way to retrieve and alter already created
nodes. Currently the assumption for the TextInputFormat class, is that it will
get exactly one line for each vertex to create. That one line is assumed to
hold *all* information necessary to create the vertex.
However, the NTriples format does not work that way, as it can use multiple
lines to describe the same subject node.
I already raised this issue on the user mailing list. (However I did not create
a Jira issue for it.) This is the fundamental capability which is lacking in
Giraph. If this is enabled, parsing NTriples will be easy. The starting points
for the email threads in which this was shortly discussed are in  and .
AFAIR, Dionysis Logothetis suggested that he may look into adding this
capability to giraph. So you might want to contact him directly to check on the
Now a few details on how I use RDF data for my Giraph job:
Currently I use a subset of DBPedia, which is roughly 5.5GB unpacked.
As this DBPedia subset stays static for all my recommendations, it is enough to
preprocess it once
using a quite simple MapReduce job. I basically join all lines on the subject
of the triple,
and then output the following line for each subject:
SubjectURI NumberOfOutLinks Predicate1 Object1 ... PredicateN ObjectN
(I call this the RDFAdjacencyCSV ;)
For my specific algorithm, the direction of the the link in the RDF graph does
not play any role,
so for each input triple, I add it once to the subject entity and once to the
The processing job took two days, but it was my first hadoop programm, so it
probably was inefficient.
The output size was 6GB.
For running my algorithm, my Giraph job first loads the complete DBPedia
dataset in memory. While doing this it also loads the user profiles from via
DistributedCache.getLocalCacheFiles(conf). This is done in my own custom
TextVertexInputFormat class. The profiles are used to prime the graph, i.e. to
identify the starting points for the algorithm. I also need to manage which
starting points belong to which user profiles.
Challenges which I will have in the near future:
* Giraph does not seem to scale very well for my kind of data and processing:
Independent of the number of workers, my Giraph job only uses about 30% of a 24
node machine. And I would like to utilise all available processing resources.
* Integration of RDF reasoning capabilities: I will need to perform subclass
reasoning on the DBPedia graph. The most pragmatic solution seems to be, to
have an external RDF store with reasoning, and to let the Giraph workers be
able to query the RDF store.
> Workflow for loading RDF graph data into Giraph
> Key: GIRAPH-170
> URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/GIRAPH-170
> Project: Giraph
> Issue Type: New Feature
> Reporter: Dan Brickley
> Priority: Minor
> W3C RDF provides a family of Web standards for exchanging graph-based data.
> RDF uses sets of simple binary relationships, labeling nodes and links with
> Web identifiers (URIs). Many public datasets are available as RDF, including
> the "Linked Data" cloud (see http://richard.cyganiak.de/2007/10/lod/ ). Many
> such datasets are listed at http://thedatahub.org/
> RDF has several standard exchange syntaxes. The oldest is RDF/XML. A simple
> line-oriented format is N-Triples. A format aligned with RDF's SPARQL query
> language is Turtle. Apache Jena and Any23 provide software to handle all
> these; http://incubator.apache.org/jena/ http://incubator.apache.org/any23/
> This JIRA leaves open the strategy for loading RDF data into Giraph. There
> are various possibilites, including exploitation of intermediate
> Hadoop-friendly stores, or pre-processing with e.g. Pig-based tools into a
> more Giraph-friendly form, or writing custom loaders. Even a HOWTO document
> or implementor notes here would be an advance on the current state of the
> art. The BluePrints Graph API (Gremlin etc.) has also been aligned with
> various RDF datasources.
> Related topics: multigraphs https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/GIRAPH-141
> touches on the issue (since we can't currently easily represent fully general
> RDF graphs since two nodes might be connected by more than one typed edge).
> Even without multigraphs it ought to be possible to bring RDF-sourced data
> into Giraph, e.g. perhaps some app is only interested in say the Movies +
> People subset of a big RDF collection.
> From Avery in email: "a helper VertexInputFormat (and maybe
> VertexOutputFormat) would certainly [despite GIRAPH-141] still help"
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