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Lossy connections between components

A component that passes on any data it receives, but will throw it away if the next component's inbox is unable to accept new items.

Example Usage

Using a lossy connector to drop excess data::

src = fastProducer().activate() lsy = LossyConnector().activate() dst = slowConsumer().activate()

src.link( (src,"outbox"), (lsy,"inbox") ) src.link( (lsy,"outbox"), (dst,"inbox"), pipewidth=1 )

The outbox of the lossy connector is joined to a linkage that can buffer a maximum of one item. Once full, the lossy connector causes items to be dropped.

How does it work?

This component receives data on its "inbox" inbox and immediately sends it on out of its "oubox" outbox.

If the act of sending the data causes a noSpaceInBox exception, then it is caught, and the data that it was trying to send is simply discarded.

I a producerFinished or shutdownMicroprocess message is received on the component's "control" inbox, then the message is forwarded on out of its "signal" outbox and the component then immediately terminates.


class LossyConnector(Axon.Component.component)

LossyConnector() -> new LossyConnector component

Component that forwards data from inbox to outbox, but discards data if destination is full.


  • control : Shutdown signalling
  • inbox : Data to be passed on


  • outbox : Data received on 'inbox' inbox
  • signal : Shutdown signalling

Methods defined here


You should be using the inbox/outbox interface, not these methods (except construction). This documentation is designed as a roadmap as to their functionalilty for maintainers and new component developers.


Main loop body.


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