Sebastian Schelter commented on GIRAPH-141:

I don't think it would be a good idea to force all users to use multigraphs. 
Furthermore a good principle of software engineering is to always search for 
the simplest solution. I'm not sure whether it would really be so easy to 
implement real multigraph support in the whole system.

Why not have a base vertex class that transparently (!) wraps multigraphs into 
simple graphs?
> mulitgraph support in giraph
> ----------------------------
>                 Key: GIRAPH-141
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/GIRAPH-141
>             Project: Giraph
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: graph
>            Reporter: André Kelpe
> The current vertex API only supports simple graphs, meaning that there can 
> only ever be one edge between two vertices. Many graphs like the road network 
> are in fact multigraphs, where many edges can connect two vertices at the 
> same time.
> Support for this could be added by introducing an Iterator<EdgeWritable> 
> getEdgeValue() or a similar construct. Maybe introducing a slim object like a 
> Connector between the edge and the vertex is also a good idea, so that you 
> could do something like:
> {code} 
> for (final Connector<EdgeWritable, VertexWritable> conn: getEdgeValues(){
>      final EdgeWritable edge = conn.getEdge();
>      final VertexWritable otherVertex = conn.getOther();
>      doInterestingStuff(otherVertex);
>      doMoreInterestingStuff(edge);
> }
> {code} 

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