[zeromq-dev] ZeroMQ STREAM Socket Type

Peter Witkowski pwitkowski at gmail.com
Mon May 23 22:58:33 CEST 2016


Long story short, I have code that works that I now need to refactor.  The
networking for my application has changed and I need to push my ZeroMQ
messages over a half-duplex (i.e., one way) wireless data link.  The data
link is looking for raw TCP on either end and specifies what side is the
client and server.  You can think of this data link as a one way bridge,
with a TCP endpoint on either end that I need to talk to.  The data link
then forwards the TCP traffic in some weird protocol to the other side.

The code I have written is a PUSH-PULL pattern, which doesn't work due to
the handshaking involved at the socket's start-up (I'm assuming there's no
way to disable this).  The code sends and receives a three-part message
(the third message part is large, about 65KB).  I need to refactor this
into two STREAM sockets, but I'm having problems (conceptually) with
sending and receiving.

Here's some pseudo code for the sender (which is the client per the data

   - Set-up context, open socket, call connect.
   - Get ZMQ_IDENTITY using zmq_getsockopt()
   - Send identity
   - Send message part 1 (assuming that this is an atomic send and won't
   only send N bytes)
   - Send identity
   - Send message part 2 (see previous assumption about atomic)
   - Send identity
   - Send message part 3 (see previous assumption about atomic)
   - When I'm ready to close, I send the identity followed by a zero length

The receiver (TCP server per the data link) is basically the opposite, but
here I'm a bit confused.  Namely, is each receive call atomic, or is there
a chance that the data gets chunked up into multiple messages?  Also, do I
need to read off the identifier each time or does the library only forward
the message parts?

Also, in general, are there any issues with using ZeroMQ (even STREAM
sockets) with this set-up?  Note that my assumption is that the receiver
never needs to send data and the sender never needs to receive data.

Thanks in advance for the help.
Peter Witkowski
pwitkowski at gmail.com
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