[zeromq-dev] What's in a name: DEVICE?

Martin Sustrik sustrik at 250bpm.com
Fri Aug 13 11:24:07 CEST 2010


> IMO DEVICES are critical for extending ØMQ-based architectures, however 
> the moniker is too general and non-descriptive IMHO. 
> I'd like to suggest that *NEXUS* be the term of art to replace *DEVICE*, 
> or that more complex DEVICEs be labeled NEXUS (which is conveniently its 
> own plural :-) )
> Anyway, that's how I've started describing them.

 From technical point of view, I think device is pretty suitable name. 
Say an Ethernet switch is a device for multicast transports.

 From a theory of networking point of view the common terms are "node" 
(which includes endpoints such as 0MQ sockets), "intermediary" or 
"middlebox" which correspond to in-the-middle forwarding nodes.


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