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    udpgroup

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    udpgroup

    What is udpgroup?

    udpgroup creates a simple API wrapper around the Node JS dgram module to organize multiple duplex functions on a single UDP port.

    Simple Implementation:

    Let's imagine that we have a setup like this:

    • On one machine, we're running MainNodeJSApp that needs to handle UDP packets to and from various sources, process them, and send them on to another service over HTTP.
    • On a separate Remote Device, we have two dedicated processes that also will send and receive UDP packets:
      • The Telemetry process is assigned to port 8001
      • The Files process is assigned to port 8005
    • MainNodeJSApp listens and sends to Remote Device on port 40004.
    • Internally, MainNodeJSApp is using NodeJS Streams to both handle files received and process telemetry data. Both of those data structures are completely different, so MainNodeJSApp has two different NodeJS streams to process them.

    We can imagine our setup looks something like this:

    
     ┌─────────────────────────┐
     │                         │                                  ┌─────────────────┐
     │                       ┌─┴─────┐                            │                 │
     │    Telemetry Process  │ :8001 │◄────────────┐              │    Some Other   │
     │                       └─┬─────┘             │              │      Service    │
     │     ┌─────────────┐     │                   │              │                 │
     │     │Remote Device├─────┤                   │              │                 │
     ├─────┤192.175.12.24│     │                   │              └─────────────────┘
     │     └─────────────┘     │                   │                          ▲
     │                       ┌─┴─────┐             │                          │
     │      Files Process    │ :8005 │◄──────────┐ │                          │
     │                       └─┬─────┘           │ │                          │
     │                         │                 │ │                          │
     └─────────────────────────┘                 │ │                          │
                                                 │ │                      ┌───┴──┐
                                                 │ │              ┌───────┤ HTTP ├──┐
                                                 │ │              │       └──────┘  │
                                                 │ └───────►┌─────┴──┐              │
                                                 │          │ :40004 │              │
                                                 └─────────►└─────┬──┘              │
                                                                  │ Main NodeJS App │
                                                                  │                 │
                                                                  │                 │
                                                                  │                 │
                                                                  └─────────────────┘
    
    

    We'll use udpgroup to coordinate the messages to and from the Telemetry and Files processes on Remote Device.

    First, we'll require the library:

    const UdpGroup = require('udpgroup');

    Then we'll instantiate a new UdpGroup with the port that we'll be listening on:

    const udpg = new UdpGroup({ listen_port: 40004 });

    We'll make sure that the streams we want to divert to have been created, then we'll use the .addPathway method to add a named pathway for files and telemetry. The .addPathway method takes a config object and a callback function.

    const telemStream = createTelemetryStreamSomehow();
    const filesStream = createFilesStreamSomehow();
    
    udpg.addPathway(
      { remote_name: 'telemetryService', remote_ip: '192.175.12.24', remote_port: 8001 },
      (err, remoteStream) => {
        if (!err) {
          remoteStream.pipe(telemStream);
        }
      }
    );
    
    udpg.addPathway(
      { remote_name: 'filesService', remote_ip: '192.175.12.24', remote_port: 8005 },
      (err, remoteStream) => {
        if (!err) {
          remoteStream.pipe(filesStream);
        }
      }
    );

    As we can see above, the callback function will be called with an Error as its first argument if something goes wrong. If everything went fine, the first argument will be null. The second argument will be the NodeJS Stream object associated with this pathway. The third argument will be the string identifier for that pathway: either the passed remote_name value or a string generated by the UdpGroup that will look like ${remote_ip}_${remote_port} (or just ${remote_ip} if no remote port was associated with the pathway).

    We can also use our UdpGroup to send messages from the Group's port to our services. For example, perhaps when the file service finishes receiving a file, it emits a confirmation code that should be sent back to the file service on the Remote Device.

    filesStream.on('fileComplete', hashCode => {
      udpg.send(Buffer.from(hashCode), 'filesService');
    });

    Since our UdpGroup recognizes the string "fileService" as one of our defined pathways, it will send the hashCode Buffer over UDP to 192.175.12.24:8005.

    TODO

    • Allow implementer to set default offset and length
    • Allow split sends for messages that overrun the length
      • Should there be an option of truncate message to send on length or send multiple messages if send buffer is longer than length?

    Install

    npm i udpgroup

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    Version

    0.1.0

    License

    MIT

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