.NET Remoting - Help with [OneWay] calls for live data system
Posted on 2008-10-15
We have a live data system which calculates and aggregates price data from various live sources, and the aggregates it and pushes it to networked clients. The information is all live, and the performance of this is critical - i.e. if a price changes on the source this must be reflected almost immediately on the clients.
At the moment, our setup is something like this (simplified of course!):
- One singleton server object, which client obtain a proxy to through remoting.
- At client startup, the client registers with the server by calling a method on the server object. The server object stores a reference to the client.
- When a data update occurs, the server calls a method on each client reference to notify it that the data has changed. This method is marked with the [OneWay] attribute, for performance reasons.
All of the above is using remoting with a binary formatter and TCP channels. However, we seem to be 'loosing' some updates, and I suspect that this might be because the [OneWay] attribute ignores and errors from the clients.
Does this sound plausible? If I remove the [OneWay] attribute, what effect can I expect this to have on performance? Or could I invoke the method on the clients asyncronously and somehow check that the call was successful?
All opinions much appreciated!