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From "j.barrett Strausser" <>
Subject Re: Thrift for usage on mobile clients?
Date Tue, 01 Mar 2016 15:38:54 GMT
1. Clients don't register themselves with a server. Clients make remote
procedure calls to a Server. Sometimes a client can also be a server.

2. I run thrift over 4G with a both the http and socket transport.  I've
not encountered any issues.  I have a custom python transport pool, that
heals itself when the socket is closed. Alternatively, you can create a
transport per request. The overhead is probably low enough for you.

3. I have had issues with large files over Thrift.  Almost everyone will
suggest you use chunked-messages.  I have very large files to upload and I
needed to be friendly on my 4G costs by not sending chunks that had already
been sent so we had to work around that. Agreed that some sort of Rsync
like ability over Thrift would be useful.

4. If using 3G, I assume you *do not* have a static IP on the client side?
I would think about your security model a bit.



On Mon, Feb 29, 2016 at 2:26 PM, <> wrote:

> Hi,
> I try to evaluate if Thrift is a good choice for my use case where the
> clients are connected via mobile network (3G) to the server. The
> communication pattern is quite simple, just client <-> server, but there is
> no communication between the clients. But there are some points, where I'm
> not sure if Thrift can handle them well:
> - bidirectional communication: after a client has registered itself to the
> server, the client may call an rpc on the server and vice versa. Does
> Thrift supports WebSockets? I'm not a big friend of http long polling.
> - Due to 3G the connection will come and go. Any problem for Thrift?
> - The typical rpc will transfer just some bytes of date, something like
> send current GPS position to server or push some message to the client. But
> it is also required to send a binary file (size between 250k to 5m) from or
> to the server. Any limitations here? Is there something like FileMQ for
> ZeroMQ out there for Thrift?
> Has anyone realized a similar project with thrift?
> Best regards,
> Thomas


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