# Using Reliable Transport

Register Storage Manager (SM) with a Reliable Transport (RT) compatible message bus to receive the table updates and publish the _prtnEnd signals.

Currently, you are responsible for providing the RT implementation for SM to connect to.

To connect SM to a RT message bus that employs the basic kdb+ tickerplant as an example of RT implementation, start the tickerplant by running

q tick.q sym /tplogs -p 5010

(The destination path for tickerplant log files and the port number 5010 can be arbitrary). The file tick/sym.q must contain the empty schema for SM internal tables (_prtnEnd and _reload) as well as all custom tables to be sent via the tickerplant.

// internal tables
// with time and sym columns added by RT client for compatibility
($"_prtnEnd")set ([] time:"n"$(); sym:$(); signal:$(); endTS:"p"$(); opts:()) ($"_reload")set ([] time:"n"$(); sym:$(); mount:$(); params:()) // other tables trade:([] time:"n"$(); sym:$(); realTime:"p"$(); price:"f"$(); size:"j"$())
quote:([] time:"n"$(); sym:$(); realTime:"p"$(); bid:"f"$(); ask:"f"$(); bidSize:"j"$(); askSize:"j"\$())

The bus section of the assembly configuration file needs an entry stream with protocol set to custom for external RT implementation. (The only option currently supported).

bus:
stream:
protocol: custom
nodes: localhost:5010
topic: dataStream

The host and port of the tickerplant are specified in nodes. The string specified for topic is used as a topic for subscribing and registering as publisher (ignored in the basic tickerplant implementation).

SM interacts with the tickerplant using the client library, a q file at the location specified in environment variable KXI_RT_LIB.

The example script for the basic tickerplant can be adapted for a custom tickerplant implementation.