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Default ScaleOut

By defauls XSockets scale P2P where each server acts as a client to other servers. So you can actually choose to scale one way if you have specific needs.

This ScaleOut option is mostly used behind firewalls since the connection between the servers is unsecure NOT TLS/SSL by default. This can of course be taken care of in a custom ScaleOut.

Configure the ScaleOut

In this example we have a solution with 2 Console Applications. Server1 project and Server2 project. Each server has XSockets installed and they both have the default startup code in the Console Application.

Configuration Template

The difference between the projects will be the configuration. They will need to start on separate endpoints so that they can connect to each other.

The configuration is added from the item templates

scaleout template

Configuration for Server1 looks like

public class Server1Config : ConfigurationSetting
    public Server1Config() : base("ws://") { }

And configuration for Server2 looks like

public class Server2Config : ConfigurationSetting
    public Server2Config() : base("ws://") { }

Configure Server Siblings

Each server can say that it want to scale incoming data to one or more destinations. This is done by using the IXSocketsScaleOut module

Server1 that starts on localhost:8080 will scale to Server2 that starts on localhost:8181

So, scaling for Server1

var enterprise = Composable.GetExport<IXSocketsScaleOut>();

and, scaling for Server2

var enterprise = Composable.GetExport<IXSocketsScaleOut>();

Test the Default ScaleOut

As seen many times before in this documentation we can use Putty to test this quickly. We open two instances of Putty and connect one to localhost:8080 and the other to localhost:8181

I configured the solution to run both Console Applications on start, so this is what we got after starting the debugger.

scaleout servers

Then we start 2 instances of Putty and connects them to each server

putty init

After sending in the handshake PuttyProtocol, we open a controller instance by sending generic|1| If you have no idea what this means read the The Basics section as well as the Controllers section

handshake and open controller

Now the client to the right sends in a message on the generic controller generic|foo|bar. The message then arrives at both clients since the server ScaledOut the message coming in to the other servers in the configured ScaleOut

scale out test

The Code

It is very easy to use the default ScaleOut and the full source of the server project can be seen below. Of course there will be challenges if you are doing CRUD operations for example. You do not want to ScaleOut a Save/Delete/Create to all servers in the ScaleOut. However, we can solve that as well with Custom ScaleOuts (covered later).

using System;
using XSockets.Core.Common.Enterprise;
using XSockets.Core.Common.Socket;
using XSockets.Plugin.Framework;

namespace Server2
    class Program
        static void Main(string[] args)
            var enterprise = Composable.GetExport<IXSocketsScaleOut>();

            using (var container = Composable.GetExport<IXSocketServerContainer>())

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