Consumers

A consumer is a disruptor queue client that processes or “drains” values from the queue. A disruptor queue may more than one consumer in a typical application. Each consumer must check the queue’s cursor to determine the ID of the recently published value instance, and each must maintain an ID of the last value instance that is extracted. This is the mechanism consumers use to ensure safe processing of value instances in the queue.

We protect against wrapping around the queue’s ring buffer by enabling producers with an ability to peek at each consumer’s cursor. This implies that access to a consumer’s cursor must be thread-safe. Consumers never accesss their cursors directly. They must always use vrt_consumer_get_cursor() and vrt_consumer_set_cursor(), and then very sparingly.

Varon-T disruptor queue consumers adhere to the following interface:

struct vrt_consumer
const char *name

An identifier name for this consumer.

struct vrt_queue *queue

The disruptor queue that feeds this consumer

unsigned int index

The index of this consumer within the queue

struct vrt_padded_int cursor

The last value publically acknowledged as consumed by the consumer. Note that this field is never directly access by the consumer.

vrt_value_id last_available_id

The ID of the last value instance guaranteed available for processing. This field is not thread-safe and allows the consumer to process a group of value instances without yielding.

vrt_value_id current_id

The ID of the value instance currently consumed.

unsigned int eof_count

The number of EOFs seen by this consumer.

vrt_consumer_array dependencies

A list of consumers upon which this consumer depends. A consumer may not process a value instance until all dependency consumers have processed it.

struct vrt_yield_strategy *yield

The yield strategy used by this consumer during a blocking operation.

unsigned int batch_count

The number of batches of values to process. Used only if VRT_QUEUE_STATS is true.

unsigned int yield_count

The number of time the consumer has yield whilst waiting for a value instances. Used only if VRT_QUEUE_STATS is true.

Built-in consumer operations

We provide the following built-in consumer operations:

struct vrt_consumer * vrt_consumer_new(const char *name, struct vrt_queue *q)

Allocate a new consumer to process value instances from a queue.

void vrt_consumer_free(struct vrt_consumer *c)

Free a consumer.

#define vrt_consumer_add_dependency(c1, c2)

Add a consumer dependency c2 to c1.

int vrt_consumer_next(struct vrt_consumer *c, struct vrt_value **value)

Retrieve the next value from the consumer’s queue. If this function returns successfully, then value will be filled in with the next value in the queue. The caller then has full read access to the contents of that value. The value instance will only be valid until the next call to vrt_consumer_next. At that point, the queue is free to overwrite the contents of the value at will. Client cannot save the value pointer to be used later on, since it will almost certainly be overwritten later on by a different value. The consumer’s client is responsible for extracting desired contents and stashing them into another storage location before retrieving the next value.

void vrt_report_consumer(struct vrt_consumer *c)

Prints statistics about the consumer’s batches and yields to standard output.

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