solidipes

a partially connected mesh network with messaging and discovery

Solidipes

A partially connected mesh network with messaging and discovery.

Motive

There are many solutions for service discovery for Node. Solidipes provides node discovery and low latency message routing to serve as a foundation for distributed service discovery.

Test

Run any of the following:

$ mocha
$ npm test
$ make test

Note: remember to npm install!

Install

$ npm install solidipes

API

Solidipes exports a Network constructor.

var Network = require('solidipes');
 
var id = require('crypto').randomBytes(16).toString('hex');
 
var net = new Network({
  // auto-generated if not included 
  id: id,
  // listen on port 3000, defaults to a random open port 
  port: 3000
});

Create a new network instance.

var net = new Network({
  // defaults to an auto-generated 32-digit hex string, provide this if useful 
  id: 'a94312d853e585bc41c1ff990f120b1b',
  // the interval on which to garbage collect the seen messages structure 
  cleanup: 10000, // default 
  // the host to bind the server to, finds an external address if not provided 
  host: 'localhost',
  // the port to listen on, defaults to a random open port 
  port: 3000,
  // number of neighbor nodes to keep in contact with 
  locals: 8 // default 
});

Returns the formatted transport connection info.

Seed the network with transport info, which can be retrieved back calling network.info().

// get the transport info 
var info = network.info();
 
// broadcast the info to another process somehow 
 
// seed the network with the remote transport info 
net.seed(info);

Gets the size of the network in number of nodes.

net.size(); // => 0 

Specifies the recipient and options of an event emit. If target is null, designates a global broadcast.

// broadcast to everybody! (realistically just do .emit) 
net.to().emit(...);
 
// unicast to the specified node 
net.to('a94312d853e585bc41c1ff990f120b1b').emit(...);
 
// multicast to two nodes 
net.to(['a94312d853e585bc41c1ff990f120b1b', '783513fc00eb8b0962afb8a0a83fb1b6']).emit(...);
 
// direct-unicast to the specified node (must be a neighbor node) 
net.to('a94312d853e585bc41c1ff990f120b1b', {direct: true}).emit(..., function(err) {
  // err would be "no routable nodes" if there is no direct connection 
});
 
// the redundant option specifies how much the message should be replicated 
// higher numbers mean the message has a high likelyhood of reaching its destination 
// lower numbers mean fewer wasted packets 
net.to('a94312d853e585bc41c1ff990f120b1b', {redundant: 16}).emit(...);

Broadcast an event to all nodes in the network.

net.emit('hello', {these: 'are'}, ['useful', 'arguments'], function(err) {
  // handle errors 
});

Emitted when a node is added to the network, either manually or through node discovery.

net.on('add', function(node) {
  // please do not modify node! 
  node: {
    id: 'a94312d853e585bc41c1ff990f120b1b',
    transport: 'tcp://127.0.0.1:4035'
  }
});

Emitted when a node is removed from the network.

net.on('remove', function(node) {
  // please do not modify node! 
  node: {
    id: 'a94312d853e585bc41c1ff990f120b1b',
    transport: 'tcp://127.0.0.1:4036'
  }
});

Emitted as message records are cleaned up on the provided interval.

net.on('garbage', function(count) {
  // count is the number of messages garbage-collected 
});

General error event, usually emitted during parse. Make sure you also add an error listener on the transport.

net.on('error', function(err) {
  // emitted when an error occurred 
  // make sure to listen for this so the event loop isn't destroyed 
});

Emitted when solidipes receives a valid but unknown packet.

net.on('unknown', function(packet) {
  // emitted when a packet is correctly parsed but cannot be acted upon 
});

Emit an event to the represented Target (returned by Network#to).

net.to().emit('new-service', {
  // arbitrary data 
  type: 'converter',
  info: {
    host: 'localhost',
    port: 7777
  }
}, {priority: 17}, function(err) {
  // this callback just gives an indication as to whether the message was sent 
  // not very good guarantees right now 
});

Roadmap

Okay. Many flaws fixed, still no roadmap.

License

The MIT License (MIT)

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