ZeromMQ REQuest/REPly pattern

More zeromq testing. See also PUB/SUB.

This pattern is for a reply&request situation where one machine asks for data from another machine. The pattern enforces an exchange of messages like this:

REQuester always first sends, then receives.

REPlyer always first receives, then sends.

Requester

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import zmq
import time
 
# request data from this server:port
server = "192.168.3.38"
port = 6000
 
context = zmq.Context()
socket = context.socket(zmq.REQ)
socket.connect ("tcp://%s:%s" % (server,port) )
 
while True:
    tstamp = time.time()
    msg = "%f" % tstamp # just send a timestamp
    # REQuester: TX first, then RX
    socket.send(msg)        # TX first
    rep = socket.recv() # RX second
    done = time.time()
    oneway = float(rep)-tstamp
    twoway = done - tstamp
    print "REQuest ",msg
    print "REPly   %s one-way=%.0f us two-way= %.0f us" % ( rep, 1e6*oneway,1e6*twoway )
    time.sleep(1)
 
# typical output:
# REQuest  1392043172.864768
# REPly   1392043172.865097 one-way=329 us two-way= 1053 us
# REQuest  1392043173.866911
# REPly   1392043173.867331 one-way=420 us two-way= 1179 us
# REQuest  1392043174.869177
# REPly   1392043174.869572 one-way=395 us two-way= 1144 us

The one-way delay here assumes we have machines with synchronized clocks. This might be true to within 1ms or so if both machines are close to the same NTP server.

The two-way delay should be more accurate, since we subtract two time-stamps that both come from the REQuesters system clock. Much better performance can probably be achieved by switching to C or C++.

Replyer:

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import zmq
import time
 
port = 6000
context = zmq.Context()
socket = context.socket(zmq.REP)
# reply to anyone who asks on this port
socket.bind("tcp://*:%s" % port) 
 
print "waiting.."
while True:
    #  Wait for next request from client
    message = socket.recv() # RX first
    print "Received REQuest: ", message
    tstamp = time.time()
    sendmsg = "%f" % tstamp # send back a time-stamp
    print "REPlying: ",sendmsg
    socket.send(sendmsg) # TX second
 
# typical output:
# Received REQuest:  1392043244.206799
# REPlying:  1392043244.207214
# Received REQuest:  1392043245.209014
# REPlying:  1392043245.209458
# Received REQuest:  1392043246.211170
# REPlying:  1392043246.211567

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