A connector provides a connection point for external applications
to connect to the Diffusion™ server over a TCP
connection. Use the Connectors.xml configuration file to configure your
Each connector has a socket server thread which reacts to an incoming connection. The
socket information is defined by the connector. Suitable connectors must be defined
for inbound connections expected by the Diffusion server.
following properties are common to all connectors:
Table 1. Connectors properties
||A name by which the connector can be identified.
||A port number on which to accept requests.
||The host to accept requests (only relevant on a multi-homed
|Input buffer size
||The size of the socket input buffer to use for each
|Output buffer size
||The size of the socket output buffer to use for each
Socket buffer sizes are very important in achieving the best performance. For more
information, see Tuning.
Connectors can accept connections from any type of client. Any number of connectors
can be defined to provide different connection points with different properties.
Each client connection has an input buffer to receive messages from the client. The
configured input buffer size must be large enough to accommodate the largest message
expected from the client. If the maximum message size and the input buffer size are
configured as different values, the larger of the two is used as the input buffer
The output buffer size is used to assign an output buffer per client multiplexer into
which messages are dequeued prior to transmission. This can have an important effect
on performance. For more information, see Tuning.
Enabling session reconnection
Specify a reconnection timeout, maximum queue depth, and recovery
buffer size by using the <reconnect>
element in the
- Reconnection timeout (keep-alive)
- How long a disconnected client's session remains available on the server
before being closed. By default, this is 300 seconds.
- Maximum queue depth (max-depth)
- Optional maximum limit on the number of messages to queue for a
disconnected client session. By default, this is the same as the queue
depth for a connected client session, which is defined by the queue
definitions in Connectors.xml and
- Recovery buffer size (recovery-buffer-size)
- The maximum number of sent messages to keep in a buffer. These messages
can then be recovered on reconnection.
Here is an example connector configuration:
Using the above example, a client can reconnect to the server through
this connector within 60 seconds of
becoming disconnected. While the client is disconnected, up to 1000 messages are
queued for it. These messages are delivered to the client when it reconnects. A
buffer of up to 64 sent messages are retained in the recovery buffer. When a client
reconnects, the Diffusion server
uses this buffer to re-send any
messages that the client has not received.