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From "Kanak Biscuitwala (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (HELIX-470) Add performant IPC (Helix actors)
Date Tue, 26 Aug 2014 22:33:58 GMT

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Kanak Biscuitwala commented on HELIX-470:

You might need access. Kishore can get you that.

> Add performant IPC (Helix actors)
> ---------------------------------
>                 Key: HELIX-470
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HELIX-470
>             Project: Apache Helix
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: helix-core
>    Affects Versions: 0.7.1, 0.6.4
>            Reporter: Greg Brandt
> Helix is missing a high-performance way to exchange messages among resource partitions,
with a user-friendly API.
> Currently, the Helix messaging service relies on creating many nodes in ZooKeeper, which
can lead to ZooKeeper outages if messages are sent too frequently.
> In order to avoid this, high-performance NIO-based {{HelixActors}} should be implemented
(in rough accordance with the actor model). {{HelixActors}} exchange messages asynchronously
without waiting for a response, and are partition/state-addressable.
> The API would look something like this:
> {code}
> public interface HelixActor<T> {
>     void send(Partition partition, String state, T message);
>     void register(String resource, HelixActorCallback<T> callback);
> }
> public interface HelixActorCallback<T> {
>     void onMessage(Partition partition, State state, T message);
> }
> {code}
> {{#send}} should likely support wildcards for partition number and state, or its method
signature might need to be massaged a little bit for more flexibility. But that's the basic
> Nothing is inferred about the format of the messages - the only metadata we need to be
able to interpret is (1) partition name and (2) state. The user provides a codec to encode
/ decode messages, so it's nicer to implement {{HelixActor#send}} and {{HelixActorCallback#onMessage}}.
> {code}
> public interface HelixActorMessageCodec<T> {
>     byte[] encode(T message);
>     T decode(byte[] message);
> }
> {code}
> Actors should support somewhere around 100k to 1M messages per second. The Netty framework
is a potential implementation candidate, but should be thoroughly evaluated w.r.t. performance.

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