[OpenSIPS-Users] Asynchronous processing in OpenSIPS 1.12

Saúl Ibarra Corretgé saul at ag-projects.com
Wed Sep 3 11:06:25 CEST 2014

On 02 Sep 2014, at 18:26, Răzvan Crainea <razvan at opensips.org> wrote:

> Hi all,
> Among the last discussion of the last IRC meeting[1] was related to Asynchronous processing in OpenSIPS script - we want to add a new mechanism that allows you to perform asynchronous operations (such as DB , REST or exec operations) directly from the script. Using this feature will increase the throughput of OpenSIPS, since the SIP processes will no longer be stuck waiting for I/O responses.
> When reaching an asynchronous operation, the SIP message processing will be stopped, and resumed in a different script route. In the script, this should be reflected something like this:
> route {
>    ...
>    # other non I/O operations
>    async(my_resume_route) {
>        avp_db_query("SELECT setid from subscribers where username = '$fU'", "$avp(setid)");
>    }
>    # we never get here.
>    exit;
> }
> route[my_resume_route] {
>    xlog("The set used by the callee is $avp(setid)\n");
>    # continue message processing
> }
> Only the functions that are used in an "async" block will be ran asynchronously. If the function does not support async processing, it will block waiting for the response and resume in the route indicated by the "async" block - so the scripting experience will be the same even if the async OP could not be done.

I find this quite problematic. How does John Doe know a function supports async or not? Maybe the configuration checker can know this and not let OpenSIPS start if you are doing it wrong? Alternatively, blocking functions could be ran in a thread pool thus giving the illusion of them being async.


Saúl Ibarra Corretgé
AG Projects

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