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The scope is a distinguished request parameter that is used in routing decisions. It is similar to labels in that it determines the target Data Access Processes (DAPs) that service the request (see routing and labels), but it differs in that it also influences which Resource Coordinator (RC) is chosen by the Gateway (GW).

The scope parameter is specified in the request arguments as a dictionary. The keys in the dictionary determine which RC the GW chooses and which DAPs the RC ultimately chooses.

key type description
assembly symbol Single assembly to target.

Assembly and global resource coordinators

An RC can be labelled as belonging to an assembly using Kubernetes metadata labels and the GW must be configured to recognize the corresponding label.

# Gateway environment variable. Specifies the label to be used to define assembly.
KXI_ASSEMBLY_KEY="<assembly_label_key>" # Default: ""
# Resource coordinator statefulset/pod.
    # Set assembly key and assembly value (i.e. name of assembly).
    <assembly_label_key>: "<assembly_label_value>"
      # Allows RC to self-identify as part of an assembly.
      -name: KXI_ASSEMBLY_NAME
       value: "<assembly_label_value>"

RCs configured with an assembly are considered assembly RCs. Conversely, RCs without an assembly label, or whose assembly name is empty ("") are considered global RCs.

Gateway to Resource Coordinator

The scope parameter is specified in the request arguments, e.g.

gw:hopen`:gateway_host:1234 # Open connection to GW
gw(`.kxi.getData;`table`scope!(`myTable;enlist[`assembly]!enlist`myAssembly);`;()!()) # Target "myAssembly"

If specified, the GW attempts to send to an RC in the specified assembly. If no RC in the specified assembly is found, then the GW does one of two things based on the value of the KXI_SCOPE_AFFINITY environment variable.

  • If KXI_SCOPE_AFFINITY="hard" (default), then the request fails immediately with a "No resources connected" error.
  • If KXI_SCOPE_AFFINITY="soft", then the GW sends to a global RC, and that RC is then responsible for routing to DAPs of the correct assembly.

If the scope parameter is not specified in the request arguments, then the GW targets one of the global RCs.