App: Communication between two components via ZMQ

Posted July 8, 2021 189 views

I have app with 3 components.

  • 1 x service (flask, zmq)
  • 2 x worker (zmq)

Used language is Python. The library for comunication (messaging) is ZMQ.

I can’t send a request from one component to another.

  • service - worker
  • worker - worker

Client code

zmq_context = zmq.Context()
socket = zmq_context.socket(zmq.REQ)

message = socket.recv_string()

c-3-worker is name of server component.

Server code

context = zmq.Context()
socket = context.socket(zmq.REP)

message = socket.recv_string()

App setting
I tried to set internal ports however it was possible only for service (not for worker). Uploaded file was not accepted.

  - 55555

What I do wrong?

Thank you for answer.

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👋 @shadowcodecz

Great question, Workers cannot expose any ports, in this case you’d be better off using services for both components. If the worker (c-3-worker) only needs to be accesible internally it can be made an internal service by only specifying internal ports.

Here’s more details on how to create an internal service.

Thanks for asking, I think this is a confusing area and going to bring it up with the team on how we can make this type of scenario more obvious.

  • Thank you for fast response. I tried internal service and it is working.

    Howerver one thing is confusing. The setting of internal service component shows HTTP Port 8080, but App Spec did not specify anything like this. Note that the setting shows HTTP request routes is 0 which should be correct.

    • 🤔 hmmmm

      You can try explicitly removing the HTTP port in the App spec (download a copy, edit, upload in your app settings).

      If that doesn’t do the trick, something smells fishy, please reach out to support with detail and reference this thread.

      Support ticket link