[zeromq-dev] Task queues using ZeroMQ and inproc

Justin Karneges justin at affinix.com
Wed Mar 12 00:40:11 CET 2014

If you're using C++, you should be able to get away with using "smart 
pointer" approaches.

I'm personally using Qt which has the best smart pointer approach I've 
ever seen (QSharedData). I use inproc sockets to send/recv pointers, but 
the application only has to deal with value objects. It's some wild C++ 

On 03/11/2014 03:25 PM, Cosmo Harrigan wrote:
> Hi,
> If an application is using ZeroMQ exclusively as a concurrency
> framework, and only using inproc sockets, and the goal is to implement a
> task parallelism abstraction like the ventilator/sink pattern, is there
> any way to avoid the overhead involved in object serialization and
> deserialization that is involved since the approach is no longer using a
> shared memory model with pointers to the objects?
> I see there was a similar discussion previously:
> http://comments.gmane.org/gmane.network.zeromq.devel/7300
> which suggested passing object pointers as messages over inproc.
> However, I am also concerned that if you do that, you're giving up one
> of the main benefits of using message passing, since once again you have
> the potential for multiple threads to share state. I also understand
> that you're restricting yourself from scaling to additional machines.
> Also, Pieter had commented "don't pass pointers around" here:
> http://osdir.com/ml/zermq-development/2013-05/msg00104.html
> What are common approaches to address this scenario?
> Thanks,
> Cosmo
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