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From Brad Baker <>
Subject [mina] How to delay reading and writing when using Mina
Date Thu, 09 Jun 2005 06:15:41 GMT
I have only just begun to examine the Mina code base and was hoping someone 
could validate the following assumptions for me. What follows is a mini 
design followed by my assumptions.

Mini Design :

* What I want to acheive is a "MINA process" that accepts incoming client 
connections, and then "buffers" them ready for a completely separate process 
(eg outside the VM) which will ask for "any incoming requests". The 
processing of requests and replies would be done in a asynch manner.

* For the record this "separate process" is a commercial message broker that 
talks other protocols but doesnt do native TCPIP sockets. Hence the 
separation of TCPIP handling and the cross process communication.

* The "MINA process" would accept client requests without reading them or 
replying to them (timeout handling is assumed here of course) . Rather the 
"MINA process" would "put the "ProtocolSession" aside in a memory table 
ready for later "reading and processing". (This might be tweaked to read the 
request first but certainly not write a reply then and there)

* The "outside process" would ask for "work" from ther MINA process at its 
leisure, at which time the "MINA process" would "read" the data from the 
"stored ProtocolSession" and pass that over to the "outside process". 

* Once the "outside process" had finished working on the "data" it would 
"pass a reply back" to the "MINA process" and have the MINA process "write" 
the reply data down the "stored" ProtocolSession.


* The ProtocolSession objects can be "stored" for later use and do not have 
to read from nor written to immediately. Rather they can be "set aside" and 
read from at some later asynch event (inside a timeout periods of course)

* The use of 2 ThreadPoolFilters (the IO one and the Protocol one) will 
enabled a level of "asynchronisity" to allow for "asynch" servicing of 

* The "MINA" process can "listen" on more than 1 port at a time (one for 
client request communication and one for "MINA process to outside process" 

* Arbitary "periods" can occur between accepting/reading and writing to the 
Session objects.

Second Mini Design 

* The MINA process could do the same sort thing as above but acting as a 
client instead of a server. eg the "outside prcocess" could ask for a client 
connection to be made to some other system. The MINA process would "call 
out" as a client and then "store" the outbound Session somewhere.

* Multiple outbound "client calls" could be made with one or more "selector" 
threads looking for potential replies, never waiting long for any given 
reply. if it gets a reply message, it would read the data and store it.

* The "outside process" would periodically ask for "replies" (using a magic 
key assigned earlier) in which case any replies found with that key would be 


* MINA can do client style connections as well as server style connections

* MINA code can have multiple outstanding "client connections" with a 
"selector" thread that can "tell" when they have become readable?

* Multiple SocketConnectors would be the way to do this?

Brad Baker

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