This section explains, through an example scenario, how the Competing Consumers EIP can be implemented using WSO2 ESB. The following topics are covered:
Introduction to Competing Consumers
The Competing Consumers EIP relates to multiple consumers that compete with each other to receive a request from a given Point-to-Point Channel. In this pattern, requests are handled and delegated similar to how messages are handled in the Point-to-Point channel using the round-robin algorithm. For more information, refer to http://www.eaipatterns.com/CompetingConsumers.html.
Figure 1: Competing Consumers EIP
In this example scenario, each Axis2 server instance acts as a consumer waiting for a specific message. When the client sends a message to WSO2 ESB, it diverts the request based on the round-robin algorithm among the consumers. This way, the consumers receive a request message adhering to the conditions of the algorithm.
An alternative implementation to the Competing Consumers EIP is to use a Content-Based Router and route messages to different receivers based on the content of a message.
The diagram below depicts how to simulate the example scenario using the WSO2 ESB.
Figure 2: Example Scenario of the Competing Consumers EIP
Before digging into implementation details, let's take a look at the relationship between the example scenario and the Competing Consumers EIP by comparing their core components.
|Competing Consumers EIP (Function 1)||Competing Consumers Example Scenario (Function 2)|
|Sender||Simple Stock Quote Client|
|Messages||Simple Stock Quote Requests with Load-Balance Endpoint|
|Consumer/Receiver||Simple Stock Quote Server Instances|
- Download and install WSO2 ESB from http://wso2.com/products/enterprise-service-bus. For a list of prerequisites and step-by-step installation instructions, refer to Installation Guide in the WSO2 ESB documentation.
- Start three sample Axis2 server instances on ports 9000, 9001, and 9002. For instructions, refer to the section Setting Up the ESB Samples - Starting the Axis2 server in the WSO2 ESB documentation.
Start the ESB server and log into its management console UI (
https:). In the management console, navigate to the Main menu and click Source View in the Service Bus section. Next, copy and paste the following configuration, which helps you explore the example scenario, to the source view.
<property name="MESSAGE" value="Executing default "fault" sequence"/>
<property name="ERROR_CODE" expression="get-property('ERROR_CODE')"/>
<property name="ERROR_MESSAGE" expression="get-property('ERROR_MESSAGE')"/>
Simulating the sample scenario
Repeatedly send several requests to the ESB using the
stockquote client as follows:
ant stockquote -Dtrpurl=http://localhost:8280/ -Dsymbol=foo
Following is the request sent by the
stockquote client in this example.
<soapenv:Envelope xmlns:soapenv="http://www.w3.org/2003/05/soap-envelope" xmlns:ser="http://services.samples" xmlns:xsd="http://services.samples/xsd">
Note in each Axis2 server console that the requests are distributed among several servers. Each server is acting as a competing consumer.
How the implementation works
Let's investigate the elements of the ESB configuration in detail. The line numbers below refer to the ESB configuration shown above.
- endpoint [line 13 in ESB config] - Defines the endpoint where the request should be sent.
- loadbalance [line 14 in ESB config] - Defines a set of endpoints where incoming requests are distributed using a particular algorithm. In this example, the algorithm distributes messages in a round-robin manner.