Re: Asynchronous publisher events

Gary Molloy <g.molloy@...>

Hi Guys,

Thanks for the feedback on the proposed dates.

From the feedback I think the best date that suits most would be Tuesday 16th December @ 4pm UTC, so let's schedule the call for then.

The connection details once again are:

Conference call details:

UK Number: +44-28-90998719
US Number: +646-828-7349

Conference ID: 4741664

Looking forward to the call.


Gary Molloy – SR Labs
Adelaide Exchange | 24-26 Adelaide Street | Belfast | BT2 8GD
Tel: +44 28 9099 7580 Ext 3397

-----Original Message-----
From: Gary Molloy
Sent: 08 December 2014 11:16
To: Glenn McClements; Sam Wilson; Tom Doust; openmama-dev@...
Subject: RE: [Openmama-dev] Asynchronous publisher events

Hi Guys,

I would like to propose a call this week (or next week) to kick off the discussion for the new mamaPublisher event handling feature.

I was hoping to schedule a call either Thursday 11th, or Tuesday 16th of December @ 4pm UTC. I would appreciate it if you could let us know which date would suit most?

Conference call details:

UK Number: +44-28-90998719
US Number: +646-828-7349

Conference ID: 4741664


Gary Molloy – SR Labs
Adelaide Exchange | 24-26 Adelaide Street | Belfast | BT2 8GD
Tel: +44 28 9099 7580 Ext 3397

-----Original Message-----
From: Gary Molloy
Sent: 02 December 2014 17:44
To: Glenn McClements; Sam Wilson; Tom Doust; openmama-dev@...
Subject: RE: [Openmama-dev] Asynchronous publisher events

Hi Guys,

I have created an appraisal / proposal document for the new publisher event handling feature on Google Docs which you can find here:

If you would like to review the document and we can then schedule a call so we can go over the proposal to discuss it in further detail.


Gary Molloy
SR.LABS Proven High Speed Electronic Trading Solutions g.molloy@...

-----Original Message-----
From: Glenn McClements
Sent: 13 November 2014 12:15
To: Sam Wilson; Tom Doust; openmama-dev@...
Cc: Gary Molloy
Subject: Re: [Openmama-dev] Asynchronous publisher events

Yeah I think something analogous to mamaMsgCallbacks (which should have been called mamaSubscriberCallbacks in hindsight) for the mamaPublisher is the nicest fit here.

The advantage of doing it this was is that the set of callbacks can be optional and extensible. One gotcha though is the question of which thread/queue the callback should be fired on? Currently the mamaPublisher doesn’t have a queue associated with it so we’ll probably need to add this as well.

For next steps I propose we collate the requirements for publisher events and put together a proposal/appraisal, then we can figure out who wants to implement and test it. Possible events are:

- undeliverable (with a reason/status)
- delivered
- …. anything else?

Gary on our side will pull these together and we can set up a call to discuss.


On 11/11/2014 16:45, "Sam Wilson" <Sam.Wilson@...> wrote:

Hey Glenn, Tom,

I have to agree with Glenn here. I don't think these kind of events
belong alongside regular messages, for a couple of reasons.

For one, simply enough, they aren't messages. They don't originate from
a publisher, they wouldn't travel along the wire, and they probably
would have to be synthesized in the middleware bridge.

Secondly, Tom's solution only works for sendFromInbox. The callback
mechanism is much more general, and would work for non-inbox messages
as well, which is important for our use case.

Assuming we do go ahead with implementing callbacks for asynchronous
publisher events, what needs to be thought about/discussed before
moving on to writing/accepting a patch?

I have two ideas on how to implement this, but keep in mind that I'm
rather new to OpenMAMA and market data in general.

We could use a mamaTransportTopic event, and report the errors with a
callback on the transport.

The other option that I see, which Glenn hinted at, is that we create a
structure similar to mamaMsgCallbacks, called mamaPublisherCallbacks;
and a pair of new methods mamaPublisher_createWithCB and/or
mamaPublisher_setCallbacks. That way we report the error on the
specific publisher.

What are your thoughts?


On 14-11-07 10:57 AM, Glenn McClements wrote:
Hi Tom, Sam,
Before you responded I was considering the use of an inbox as a
solution to Sam’s query but I wasn’t overly keen on it. The reason
being that being rejected by the broker felt very much like a
middleware level event, not an application or market data event so it
feels better to me that the error comes from the middleware as a

Also, responding with a MamaMsg to the sender means assuming the
connection is up and alive, whereas a middleware ACL policy might
actually prevent this from happening. It could be that you form the
message on the client side in the bridge, but this itself feels
incorrect as it’s translating from a middleware level even into a
data message. (Also a minor point is that the
MAMA_MSG_TYPE_SEC_STATUS relates to security status events on a
exchange). This is not to say that a message response is incorrect
for RMDS posts however, it’s just a different type of event.

For Sam’s point I do prefer the idea of currently returning a
MAMA_TRANSPORT_PUBLISHER_DISCONNECT, and the transport is currently
the best/only place to do this.

Going forward we could add callbacks to the MamaPublisher object to
inform the client asynchronously of events like this, and
MAMA_TRANSPORT_TOPIC_PUBLISH_DENIED seems reasonable though we would
need to consider how this would be used/interact with the higher
level concept of market data entitlements.

Another related concept is guaranteed or acknowledged messaging,
which would generate other asynchronous event on a publishers. Like
the original issue, this *could* be done at a high level with
MamaMsgs being passed back to acknowledge delivery, but generally
this is implemented at the middleware level so again a publisher
callback would be better (with a handle to the original message as
well for context).


On 07/11/2014 14:20, "Tom Doust" <tom.doust@...> wrote:


In the Tick42 RMDS bridge we address this problem by allowing
applications to use the sendFromInbox methods on a publisher and
where applicable converting the an asynchronous response from the
RMDS into a mama message which is delivered to the inbox.

Although this is intended to support the RMDS message "post"
publishing model that will ACK (or NAK) every message I think it
will work for any middleware that has an asynchronous response
mechanism; other publishing models on RMDS do not have a message

The message sent to the inbox is arbitrary but it would make sense
if other bridges that used this technique used the same message structure.

The message we use is formed as follows

mamaMsg_addI32(msg, "MdMsgType", 1, MAMA_MSG_TYPE_SEC_STATUS);

mamaMsgStatus status = MAMA_MSG_STATUS_OK;
if(nakCode != RSSL_NAKC_NONE)
status = RsslNakCode2MamaMsgStatus(nakCode);

mamaMsg_addI32(msg, "MdMsgStatus", 2, status);
mamaMsg_addString(msg, "wSymbol",470, symbol_.c_str());

As you can see we just convert an rssl NAK code to an equivalent
mama code, or use an OK status in the case of an ACK. These include
MAMA_MSG_STATUS_BAD_SYMBOL amongst a number of others. Obviously the
set of code and the mappings are platform specific

The one thing I think is missing here is a field containing a text
string which could carry more information relevant to the client

We would propose that everyone addressing the issue of processing
asynchronous publishing responses takes this approach and that as a
community we agree on a convention for the message content.

Best Regards

Tom Doust

-----Original Message-----
From: openmama-dev-bounces@...
[mailto:openmama-dev-bounces@...] On Behalf Of Sam
Sent: 06 November 2014 7:45 PM
To: openmama-dev@...
Subject: [Openmama-dev] Asynchronous publisher events

Hey all,

We're looking for a way to notify a mama application asynchronously
of errors while publishing, specifically when the published message
was rejected by the message broker's ACL.

Our API assumes the messages were accepted, and returns immediately.
After some time you might get a connection-level event callback
informing the application that its messages were rejected.

I have two questions.

First off, what is the best way to represent this situation in 2.3.1?
We've been tossing around the idea of just tearing down the
connection, giving the application a MAMA_TRANSPORT_DISCONNECT or a
the application or the environment is incorrectly configured,
there's not much that can be done by the application anyways.

Secondly, if openmama were to be extended in the future to support
these kind of events, what would such extensions look like? Perhaps
mamaTransportTopicEvent enumeration?

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