Sun Java System Message Queue 4.3 Technical Overview

Point-To-Point Messaging

In the point-to-point domain, message producers are called senders and consumers are called receivers. They exchange messages by means of a destination called a queue: senders produce messages to a queue; receivers consume messages from a queue. What distinguishes point-to-point messaging is that a message can be consumed by only one consumer.

Figure 2–1 shows the simplest messaging operation in the point-to-point domain. MyQueueSender sends Msg1 to the queue destination MyQueue1. Then, MyQueueReceiver obtains the message from MyQueue1.

Figure 2–1 Simple Point-to-Point Messaging

Message travels from sender to receiver via a queue destination.
Figure described in text.

Figure 2–2 shows a more complex picture of point-to-point messaging to illustrate the possibilities offered by this domain. Two senders, MyQSender1 and MyQSender2, use the same connection to send messages to MyQueue1. MyQSender3 uses an additional connection to send messages to MyQueue1. On the receiving side, MyQReceiver1 consumes messages from MyQueue1, and MyQReceiver2 and MyQReceiver3, share a connection in order to consume messages from MyQueue1.

Note –

Support for multiple-consumer queues is a Message Queue feature (the JMS specification defines messaging behavior in the case of only one consumer accessing a queue). When multiple consumers access a queue, the load-balancing among them takes into account each consumer’s capacity and message processing rate.

Figure 2–2 Complex Point-to-Point Messaging

Two senders use one connection to send messages to one
receiver. Two consumers getting messages from same queue. Figure explained
in text.

This more complex picture exemplifies a number of additional points about point-to-point messaging.

The point-to-point domain offers a number of advantages: