GraphScope Analytical Engine

The analytical engine in GraphScope derives from GRAPE, a graph processing system proposed on SIGMOD-2017. GRAPE differs from prior systems in its ability to parallelize sequential graph algorithms as a whole. In GRAPE, sequential algorithms can be easily “plugged into” with only minor changes and get parallelized to handle large graphs efficiently. In addition to the ease of programming, GRAPE is designed to be highly efficient and flexible, to cope the scale, variety and complexity from real-life graph applications.

Built-in Algorithms

GraphScope analytical engine provides many common used algorithms, including connectivity and path analysis, community detection, centrality computations.

Built-in algorithms can be easily invoked over loaded graphs. For example,

from graphscope import pagerank
from graphscope import lpa

# algorithms defined on property graph can be invoked directly.
result = lpa(g)

# some other algorithms may only support evaluate on simple graph
# hence we need to generate one by selecting a kind of vertices and edges.
simple_g = g.project_to_simple(v_label="users", e_label="follows")
result_pr = pagerank(simple_g)

A full-list of builtin algorithms is shown as below. Whether an algorithm supports property graph or not is described in its docstring.

The list is continuously growing.

Result Processing

When finish a computation, the results are wrapped as Context and preserved on the distributed machines.

Users may want to fetch the results to the client, or write to cloud or distributed file systems.

There is a list of supported method to retrieve the results.

# fetch to data structures

# or write to hdfs or oss, or local (local to pod)

# or write to client local

# or seal to vineyard

In addition, as shown in the Getting_Started, computation results can add back to the graph as a new property (column) of the vertices(edges).

simple_g = sub_graph.project_to_simple(vlabel="paper", elabel="cites")
ret = graphscope.kcore(simple_g, k=5)

# add the results as new columns to the citation graph
subgraph = sub_graph.add_column(ret, {'kcore': 'r'})

Users may assign a Selector to define which parts of the results to write. A selector specifies which part of the result to preserve. Similarly, the graph data can also be a part of the result, e.g., the vertex id. We reserve three keywords for selectors. r represents the result, v and e for vertices and edges, respectively. Here are some examples for selectors on result processing.

# get the results on the vertex

# to dataframe,
# using the `id` of vertices (``) as a column named df_v
# using the `data` of v (``) as a column named df_vd
# and using the result (`r`) as a column named df_result
result_pr.to_dataframe({'df_v': '', 'df_vd': '', 'df_result': 'r'})

# for results on property graph
# using `:` as a label selector for v and e
# using the id for vertices labeled with label0 (``) as column `id`
# using the property0 written on vertices with label0 as column `result`
result.output(fd='hdfs:///gs_data/output', \
        selector={'id': '', 'result': 'r:label0.property0'})

See more details in Context and Selector.

Writing Your Own Algorithms in PIE

Users may write their own algorithms if the built-in algorithms do not meet their needs. graphscope enables users to write algorithms in the PIE programming model in a pure Python mode.

Workflow of PIE

To implement this, a user just need to fulfill this class.

class YourAlgorithm(AppAssets):
    def Initialize(context, frag):

    def PEval(context, frag):

    def IncEval(context, frag):

As shown in the code, users need to implement a class decorated with @graphscope.analytical.udf.pie and provides three sequential graph functions. In the class, the Initialize is a function to set the initial status. PEval is a sequential method for partial evaluation, and IncEval is a sequential function for incremental evaluation over the partitioned fragment. The full API of fragment can be found in Cython SDK API.

Let’s take SSSP as example, a user defined SSSP in PIE model may be like this.

class SSSP:
    def Initialize(context, frag):
        v_label_num = frag.vertex_label_num()
        # init every vertex with a max distance representing unreachable.
        for v_label_id in range(v_label_num):
            nodes = frag.nodes(v_label_id)
            context.init_value(nodes, v_label_id, 1000000000.0,

    def PEval(context, frag):
        # get the source node from the query, passed from context.
        src = int(context.get_config(b'src'))
        graphscope.declare(graphscope.Vertex, source)
        native_source = False
        v_label_num = frag.vertex_label_num()
        for v_label_id in range(v_label_num):
            if frag.get_inner_node(v_label_id, src, source):
                native_source = True
        if native_source:
            context.set_node_value(source, 0)

        # in the source fragment, run the dijkstra algorithm as partial evaluation.
        e_label_num = frag.edge_label_num()
        for e_label_id in range(e_label_num):
            edges = frag.get_outgoing_edges(source, e_label_id)
            for e in edges:
                dst = e.neighbor()
                distv = e.get_int(2)
                if context.get_node_value(dst) > distv:
                    context.set_node_value(dst, distv)

    def IncEval(context, frag):
        v_label_num = frag.vertex_label_num()
        e_label_num = frag.edge_label_num()
        # incremental computation to update the distance.
        for v_label_id in range(v_label_num):
            iv = frag.inner_nodes(v_label_id)
            for v in iv:
                v_dist = context.get_node_value(v)
                for e_label_id in range(e_label_num):
                    es = frag.get_outgoing_edges(v, e_label_id)
                    for e in es:
                        u = e.neighbor()
                        u_dist = v_dist + e.get_int(2)
                        if context.get_node_value(u) > u_dist:
                            context.set_node_value(u, u_dist)

As shown in the code, users only need to design and implement sequential algorithm over a fragment, rather than considering the communication and message passing in the distributed setting. In this case, the classic dijkstra algorithm and its incremental version works for large graphs partitioned on a cluster.

Writing Algorithms in Pregel

In addition to the sub-graph based PIE model, graphscope supports vertex-centric Pregel model as well. You may develop an algorithms in Pregel model by implementing this.

@pregel(vd_type='double', md_type='double')
class YourPregelAlgorithm(AppAssets):

    def Init(v, context):

    def Compute(messages, v, context):

    def Combine(messages):

Differ from the PIE model, the decorator for this class is @graphscope.analytical.udf.pregel. And the functions to be implemented is defined on vertex, rather than the fragment. Take SSSP as example, the algorithm in Pregel model looks like this.

# decorator, and assign the types for vertex data, message data.
@pregel(vd_type='double', md_type='double')
class SSSP_Pregel(AppAssets):

    def Init(v, context):

    def Compute(messages, v, context):
        src_id = context.get_config(b"src")
        cur_dist = v.value()
        new_dist = 1000000000.0
        if == src_id:
            new_dist = 0
        for message in messages:
            new_dist = min(message, new_dist)
        if new_dist < cur_dist:
            for e_label_id in range(context.edge_label_num()):
                edges = v.outgoing_edges(e_label_id)
                for e in edges:
                    v.send(e.vertex(), new_dist + e.get_int(2))

    def Combine(messages):
        ret = 1000000000.0
        for m in messages:
            ret = min(ret, m)
        return ret

Run Your Own Algorithms

To run your own algorithms, you may trigger it in place where you defined it.

import graphscope

sess = graphscope.session()
g = sess.load_from("...")

# load my algorithm
my_app = SSSP_Pregel()

# run my algorithm over a graph and get the result.
ret = my_app(g, source="0")

After developing and testing, you may want to save it for the future use.


Later, you can load your own algorithm from the gar package.

import graphscope

sess = graphscope.session()
g = sess.load_from("...")

# load my algorithm from a gar package
my_app = load_app('SSSP_Pregel', 'file:///var/graphscope/udf/my_sssp_pregel.gar')

# run my algorithm over a graph and get the result.
ret = my_app(g, src="0")