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ffi-rzmq

by Chuck Remes
http://www.zeromq.org/bindings:ruby-ffi

DESCRIPTION:

This gem wraps the ZeroMQ networking library using the ruby FFI (foreign function interface). It's a pure ruby wrapper so this gem can be loaded and run by any ruby runtime that supports FFI. That's all of them: MRI 1.9.x, Rubinius and JRuby.

This single gem supports 0mq 2.x, 3.x and 4.x APIs. The 0mq project started making backward-incompatible changes to the API with the 3.x release. The gem auto-configures itself to expose the API conforming to the loaded C library.

(As of this writing [20110916], preliminary code has been written to expose the 3.x API.)

The impetus behind this library was to provide support for ZeroMQ in JRuby which has native threads. Unlike MRI, IronRuby and Rubinius which all have a GIL, JRuby allows for threaded access to ruby code from outside extensions. ZeroMQ is heavily threaded, so until the other runtimes remove their GIL, JRuby will likely be the best environment to run this library.

PERFORMANCE

Check out the latest performance results:

http://www.zeromq.org/bindings:ruby-ffi

FEATURES/PROBLEMS:

This gem needs more tests. This gem has been battle tested by myself and others for over a year, so I am fairly confident that it is solid. However, it is inevitable that there will be bugs, so please open issues for them here or fork this project, fix them, and send me a pull request.

The 'ffi' gem has dropped support for MRI 1.8.x. Since this project relies on that gem to load and run this code, then this project also no longer supports MRI 1.8.x. I recommend JRuby for the best performance and stability.

All features are implemented.

SYNOPSIS:

0mq API v2 client code:

require 'rubygems'
require 'ffi-rzmq'

if ARGV.length < 3
  puts "usage: local_lat <connect-to> <message-size> <roundtrip-count>"
  exit
end

bind_to = ARGV[0]
message_size = ARGV[1].to_i
roundtrip_count = ARGV[2].to_i

ctx = ZMQ::Context.new
s = ctx.socket ZMQ::REP
s.setsockopt(ZMQ::HWM, 100)
s.bind(bind_to)

roundtrip_count.times do
  msg = s.recv_string 0
  raise "Message size doesn't match, expected [#{message_size}] but received [#{msg.size}]" if message_size != msg.size
  s.send_string msg, 0
end

0mq API v2 server code:

require 'rubygems'
require 'ffi-rzmq'

if ARGV.length < 3
  puts "usage: remote_lat <connect-to> <message-size> <roundtrip-count>"
  exit
end

connect_to = ARGV[0]
message_size = ARGV[1].to_i
roundtrip_count = ARGV[2].to_i

ctx = ZMQ::Context.new
s = ctx.socket ZMQ::REQ
s.connect(connect_to)

msg = "#{ '3' * message_size }"

start_time = Time.now

roundtrip_count.times do
  s.send_string msg, 0
  msg = s.recv_string 0
  raise "Message size doesn't match, expected [#{message_size}] but received [#{msg.size}]" if message_size != msg.size
end

Better Examples

I highly recommend visiting the Learn Ruby 0mq project for a bunch of good code examples.

http://github.com/andrewvc/learn-ruby-zeromq

REQUIREMENTS:

* 0mq 2.1.x or later; 2.0.x is no longer supported

The ZeroMQ library must be installed on your system in a well-known location like /usr/local/lib. This is the default for new ZeroMQ installs.

If you have installed ZeroMQ using brew, you need to `brew link zeromq` before installing this gem.

Future releases may include the library as a C extension built at time of installation.

* ffi (>= 1.0.0)

This is a requirement for MRI only. Both Rubinius and JRuby have FFI support built in as a standard component. Do not run this gem under MRI with an old 'ffi' gem. It will crash randomly and you will be sad.

INSTALL:

A full gem has been released to rubygems.org as of release 0.5.0. Make sure the ZeroMQ library is already installed on your system.

% gem install ffi-rzmq # should grab the latest release

To build from git master:

% git clone git://github.com/chuckremes/ffi-rzmq
% cd ffi-rzmq
% gem build ffi-rzmq.gemspec
% gem install ffi-rzmq-*.gem

LICENSE:

(The MIT License)

Copyright © 2011 Chuck Remes

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the 'Software'), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED 'AS IS', WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.

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