By John Lokanis
I am running into an issue where my VI Server connection goes stale after a few hours. Looking for a fast way to detect this and recover.
Currently here is what I am doing:
On first call, open the application reference and then open the VI reference. Cache both of these. Use the VI reference to call the remote VI. On subsequent calls, test the cached references to verify they are still valid and then call the remote VI. What appears to be happening is the references still appear to be valid in the caller but the connection is broken so the remote call fails. Then I detect this and reopen the app and VI refs and can again call the remote VI.
The issues are:
The failing remote call takes a long time to timeout and I do not see how to control this timeout. The test of the refs does not actually test to see of the network connection is still good. The result is it takes a long time to recover and this is upsetting the user since it appears the system is locked up.
What I need is a way to control the timeout of the 'call by reference' node or a way to quickly test the references to verify the network connection is still good before I attempt the remote call.
I'm wondering whether there is a way to monitor the SVE (or single processes/variables) on a per-client basis. The purpose of this would be network diagnostics or access control. I know the DSC module allows logging of data and events for shared variables, such as the very handy "value changed" event, but they contain no client-related information (to my knowledge), such as the client name or IP address. Are there any other shared variable events besides the value changed notification (e.g. "variable accessed"), which I have missed?
Anyway, the SVE seems to be aware of clients, because it allows some access control through the DSC module (and with a bit of hacking even programmatically). You can define access control lists based on computer name or IP address, which is very buggy, but it works somewhat. Is it possible to somehow access this client information (number of clients, names/addresses and activities) from the SVE? I don't see any tools for that, but maybe there is an underlying API through DLL calls or whatever?
Submitted: 27 Aug 2011
Category: Remote Control, Monitoring and the Internet
LabVIEW Version: 2009License Type: Other (included with download)
Transport.lvlib is a LabView API to simplify and accelerate networked communication development.
It simplifies development by abstracting TCPIP, UDP and Bluetooth and TLS interfaces
into a single polymorphic vi which is a thin wrapper around the conventional
open, read, write, close and listener VIs for all the network interfaces.
Supports TCP/IP, Bluetooth, UDP (p2p, broadcast and multicast) and TLS.
Supports symetric encryption (blowfish).
Supports compression (zlib).
Run the supplied installer and follow the instructions.
Click here to download this file