[zeromq-dev] pub/sub and multicast

Greg Ward greg at gerg.ca
Thu Jul 24 20:36:30 CEST 2014

On 23 July 2014, McMillan, Scott A said:
> Hi,
> Sorry for the very basic question, I'm new to zeromq.
> The FAQ (http://zeromq.org/area:faq#toc0) says "PUB does multicast."  How
> should I interpret this statement?  Does this mean that IP-level multicast
> is required to use the pub/sub pattern?

Have you read the guide (http://zguide.zeromq.org/)? Have you compiled
and run the examples there?

Short answer: pub/sub works just fine over TCP. I believe it also
supports IP multicast for use at large scale, but I personally haven't
had the need to do that.

> Looking at the examples, it looks like the protocol can be selected
> independently from the pattern?  E.g., several examples contain the
> following, which I interpret as the pub/sub pattern on top of TCP unicast:
>   void *publisher = zmq_socket (context, ZMQ_PUB);
>   zmq_bind (publisher, "tcp://*:5563");


> If one wanted to use multicast, then the second line would be replaced
> with something like:
>   zmq_bind (publisher, "pgm://...");
> Am I understanding this correctly?

Have you *tried* it? It's example code, it's supposed to work for you
in a test environment. Give it a shot!


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