[zeromq-dev] TIPC clustering protocol support in libzmq

Pieter Hintjens ph at imatix.com
Tue Nov 5 13:17:41 CET 2013

This is very interesting. I'd thought of ZRE as aimed at dynamic
clusters, typically mobile devices over WiFi, yet you could be right
that there's a nice mapping of the protocol onto TIPC instead of TCP
for the interconnects.

On Tue, Nov 5, 2013 at 12:52 PM, Erik Hugne <erik.hugne at ericsson.com> wrote:
> On Tue, Nov 05, 2013 at 10:21:06AM +0100, Arnaud Loonstra wrote:
>> Wow that's a great addition! I didn't know about TIPC yet. It has some
>> characteristics like ZRE, it seems. Would it be an interesting transport
>> for ZRE?
> I've only read some brief info on ZRE, but i think adding a protocol hook for
> TIPC in ZRE should'nt be too hard.
> -Node discovery can use the topology server subscriptions for a reserved
>  ZRE port name. When a new ZRE capable node enters the cluster, the subscription
>  will fire (message received on subscription socket) and an event can be
>  generated upwards to ZRE
> -PING/PING-OK doesn't need to send any messages. It can just be mapped to a
>  query to the topology database to check if the peer is alive.
> -WHISPER command is simple unicast over a connection, no fuzz here
> -SHOUT command can use TIPC's RDM/Multicast to send a message to a group
> -JOIN/LEAVE commands can be used to set up dynamic multicast groups, and map
>  these to a ascii name. I'm not sure exactly how this should be designed though,
>  Need deeper knowledge of ZRE..
> I don't have the time to experiment with this myself for now, but if someone is
> interested in adding support for this, i'd be happy to assist. :)
> //E
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