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A description of how the generic networking functionality was created and how it works


The core functionality (hse-gennet.lvlib) and the GenNet reuse modules (GenNet-Server.lvlib and GenNet-Client.lvlib) are part of the hse-libraries. That way, we can easily use them in all of our projects. The Generic Networking repository is a showcase of how the generic, reusable gennet libs can be used in actual projects or with actual DQMH modules. It contains examples of modules using the generic networking functionality - but the gennet VIs and modules are actually maintained in the hse-libraries.


The Generic Networking project aims to integrate network communication into DQMH in a way that is generically reusable and has no module- or project-specific dependencies. This means that the networking functions are oblivious to the actual datatype and content of the messages that are passed on, and network communication can happen totally transparent to both the user and the DQMH module itself. The Generic Networking project also implements network communication in a way that allows for enabling and disabling that feature during runtime.

All of this is achieved by:

  • creating generic, reusable helper DQMH modules for sending or forwarding requests via ethernet (this is done through the GenNet-Client module) and for receiving requests via ethernet (by the GenNet-Server module) which can be used by any DQMH module
  • modifying the project-specific DQMH modules to transparently use those helper modules by changing both the source code of the module's Main.VI and its Request VIs using hse-gennet.lvlib, a collection of generically reusable VIs

Both the GenNet-Client and GenNet-Server modules as well as the hse-gennet.lvlib are part of the HSE Libraries.


This example shows a Generic-Networking-enabled module. The identical module (i.e. the same source code) is running in two separate applications:

  • On the left-hand (“local”) side, the module is configured to forward messages via network. It loads a GenNet-Client module to do that.
  • On the right-hand (“remote”) side, the module is configured to receive messages via network. It loads a GenNet-Server module to do that.

The following part discusses the flow of data for a Request and Wait for Reply that is called on the local side but actually executed on the remote side.


  1. Local: DQMH Request Event with Notification
  2. Local Module: DQMH_Event_Main sends the message data as variant
    1. Notification refnum (datatype variant) is set as an attribute of the message data variant
  3. Local Module: knows that the local module is configured to relay messages and thus calls the case “Send via Network”
    1. checks message (string) against blacklist of messages that are not forwarded (eg 'Exit')
    2. The original message (string) is appended as attribute to the message data (variant)
  4. Local Module: The case “Send via Network” calls the “Send via Network” request event of the GenNet-Client module
    1. The message data (variant) is the payload of the GenNet-Client's “Send via Network” request event
  5. Local GenNet-Client module: MSG_HANDL_LOOP “Send via Network”
    1. The original message is flattened to string and sent via TCP/IP
    2. TCP read waits for response
  6. Remote GenNet-Server module: Spawns a reentrant TCP service VI for each client that connects
    1. reads the data from the network and unflattens it to variant
    2. If the variant contains an attribute “notifier” (the original one from the local requester), creates a new notifier and overwrites the invalid one in the received variant
    3. reads the message name from the variant attribute
    4. sends the message directly via the caller's message queue to the Remote Module's MHL
    5. Wait for notification
  7. Remote Module: MSG_HANDL_LOOP
    1. executes the called case
    2. reads the notifier reference from the variant attribute
    3. sends the notification from TCP service VI
  8. Remote GenNet-Server module: TCP service VI
    1. receives the notification from MSG_HANDL_LOOP
    2. sends the variant that was sent with the notification back via TCP
  9. Local GenNet-Client module: MSG_HANDL_LOOP “Send via Network”
    1. reads data from TCP, which is unflattened to variant
    2. If the original message variant contained an attribute “notifier”, the received data is sent via the original notifier refnum back to the request VI


GenNet-Enabled Module

Sender (GenNet-Client)

Receiver (GenNet-Server)


code/dqmh/generic-networking/implementation.txt · Last modified: 2021/03/09 15:48 by joerg.hampel