[zeromq-dev] Incoming data on multiple sockets and fairness

gonzalo diethelm gdiethelm at dcv.cl
Tue Mar 9 17:54:16 CET 2010

Martin, as usual, thank you for your insightful comments. It is a
pleasure to be able to easily convey context, and receive back guidance
which is very appropriate for that context.

> Yes, right. As the queries and updates are the "same" thing (from the
> business logic point of view) it makes sense to process them using a
> single socket. Doing so would guarantee fair balancing.


> It seems that "Queries" (including updates) and "Notifications" are
> indeed distinct things (from the business logic POV) so there should
> two separate sockets. Handling multiple sockets requires using


> As for fairness guarantee, it depends on your requirements. You may,
> instance, want to process notifications before queries etc. With
> zmq_poll you are free do process the messages in whatever order you

I believe that, for my particular case, I will process all Notifications
before processing Queries and Updates.

> >> It's strictly level-triggered.
> >
> > Please refresh my mind... This means the poll is signaled only once
> > I must make sure to process everything that is pending before
> > poll again, right?
> No. The other way round. Poll will be signaled every time there's a
> message to read in the socket.

Let me be obtuse and offer an example: I will be calling poll on two
sockets, A and B. Say I call poll and block because there are no pending
messages; then, A receives 100 messages; poll returns, I notice I can
read off A and read 5 messages to process them; then I call poll again
on the same sockets. What you are saying is that this second call to
poll will return right away, even if no new messages have been received
after the initial 100 messages, because there are still 95 pending
messages for A. Is this correct?

Gonzalo Diethelm

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