[zeromq-dev] ZeroMQ as replacement for CORBA in robotics

Michael Haberler mail17 at mah.priv.at
Mon Jun 15 15:12:28 CEST 2015

> Am 15.06.2015 um 02:05 schrieb Christoph Mueller <ruuns at mail.de>:
> Hi folks :)
> I've worked 4 years in an institute for robotics where CORBA is still a 
> big thing for handling a highly-concurrent and distributed dataflow 

Bad karma. In fact, very bad karma.

Time to switch the institute. Somebody around there doesnt get it.


> network located on different machines/platforms and with a high-spread 
> of different implemenation languages (C, C++, Python, Ruby). It was 
> often a pain in the ass how the software architecture envolved into 
> complexer shape from year to year.
> Now i've found your amazing piece of software in the last days and your 
> framework have left a fabulous impression on me. Especially the 
> documentation seems really great, seems to provide a nice interface to 
> complex network stuff and i'm wondering if ZeroMQ could be the modern 
> alternative of CORBA for the future.
> 1) I would like to ask you if you have any experiences/userstories/works 
> where ZeroMQ is currently used in robotics and how does it fit thier 
> requirements? I'm just curious how does it perform in such domain :)
> 2) I've started for myself a research project on zeromq that should be 
> used for an IPC layer (TCP, PF_UNIX) to handle an asynchronous data 
> network to connect a webcam process with an independent interface to 
> other proccessors (loggers, computer vision detectors, gui 
> visualization) I'm intending to use a classical named input/output-port 
> architecture with specified messages (by google's protocul buffers) that 
> is also known in ROS/Orocos (which also uses data-oriented 
> publish/subscribe architecture)
> Do you have any hints and handy tips about important topics in ZeroMQ 
> which are helpfull in implementing this ideaand
> i could focus in the beginning? That would be awesome.
> Hope these questions are not to wide opened for a discussion.
> I also want to give the developers my appreciation for this nice 
> engineered framework. Looks very solid and developer-friendly :] Keep up 
> working it that manner.
> Best Regards
> Ruuns
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