NettyBlockRpcServer — NettyBlockTransferService’s RpcHandler

NettyBlockRpcServer is a RpcHandler that handles messages for NettyBlockTransferService.

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NettyBlockRpcServer uses a OneForOneStreamManager for…​FIXME

Table 1. NettyBlockRpcServer Messages
Message Behaviour


Obtaining local blocks and registering them with the internal OneForOneStreamManager


Deserializes a block and stores it in BlockDataManager

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Obtaining Local Blocks and Registering with Internal OneForOneStreamManager — OpenBlocks Message Handler

When OpenBlocks arrives, NettyBlockRpcServer requests block data (from BlockDataManager) for every block id in the message. The block data is a collection of ManagedBuffer for every block id in the incoming message.

BlockDataManager is given when NettyBlockRpcServer is created.
The internal StreamManager is OneForOneStreamManager and is created when NettyBlockRpcServer is created.

You should see the following TRACE message in the logs:

TRACE NettyBlockRpcServer: Registered streamId [streamId]  with [size] buffers

In the end, NettyBlockRpcServer responds with a StreamHandle (with the streamId and the number of blocks). The response is serialized as a ByteBuffer.

Deserializing Block and Storing in BlockDataManager — UploadBlock Message Handler

When UploadBlock arrives, NettyBlockRpcServer deserializes the metadata of the input message to get the StorageLevel and ClassTag of the block being uploaded.

metadata is serialized before NettyBlockTransferService sends a UploadBlock message (using the internal JavaSerializer) that is given as serializer when NettyBlockRpcServer is created.

NettyBlockRpcServer creates a BlockId for the block id and requests the BlockDataManager to store the block.

The BlockDataManager is passed in when NettyBlockRpcServer is created.

In the end, NettyBlockRpcServer responds with a 0-capacity ByteBuffer.

UploadBlock is sent when NettyBlockTransferService uploads a block.

Creating NettyBlockRpcServer Instance

NettyBlockRpcServer takes the following when created:

NettyBlockRpcServer initializes the internal registries and counters.

Receiving RPC Messages — receive Method

  client: TransportClient,
  rpcMessage: ByteBuffer,
  responseContext: RpcResponseCallback): Unit
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Receiving RPC Message with Streamed Data — receiveStream Method

  client: TransportClient,
  messageHeader: ByteBuffer,
  responseContext: RpcResponseCallback): StreamCallbackWithID
receiveStream is part of RpcHandler Contract to receive a RPC message with a streamed data.