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Peers Manager

The peers manager is the actor that encapsulates the logic of the peers library, defined under the subcrate witnet_p2p. The library allows to manage a list of peers known to the Witnet node.


The state of the actor is an instance of the Peers library, which contains a list of peers known to the Witnet node.

pub struct PeersManager {
    /// Known peers
    peers: Peers,

Actor creation and registration

The creation of the peers manager actor and its registration into the system registry are performed directly by the main process:

let peers_manager_addr = PeersManager::default().start();


Incoming: Others -> Peers Manager

These are the messages supported by the peers manager handlers:

Message Input type Output type Description
AddPeers address: SocketAddr PeersResult<Vec<SocketAddr>> Add peers to list
RemovePeers address: SocketAddr PeersResult<Vec<SocketAddr>> Remove peers from list
GetRandomPeer () PeersResult<Option<SocketAddr>> Get random peer
RequestPeers () PeersResult<Vec<SocketAddr>> Get all peers

The handling of these messages is basically just calling the corresponding methods from the Peers library that is implemented by For example, the handler of the AddPeers message would be implemented as:

/// Handler for AddPeers message
impl Handler<AddPeers> for PeersManager {
    type Result = PeersSocketAddrsResult;

    fn handle(&mut self, msg: AddPeers, _: &mut Context<Self>) -> Self::Result {
        // Insert address
        debug!("Add peer handle for addresses: {:?}", msg.addresses);

Being the PeersManager such a simple actor, there are no errors that can arise due to its own logic and thus, returning a PeersResult library generic error may be the right thing to do.

The way other actors will communicate with the storage manager is:

  1. Get the address of the manager from the registry:

    // Get peers manager address
    let peers_manager_addr = System::current().registry().get::<PeersManager>();
  2. Use any of the sending methods provided by the address (do_send(), try_send(), send()) to send a message to the actor:

    // Example
        .send(AddPeers { addresses })
        .then(|res, _act, _ctx| {
            match res {
                Ok(res) => {
                    // Process PeersResult
                    println!("Add peer {:?} returned {:?}", addresses, res)
                _ => println!("Something went really wrong in the actors message passing")

Outgoing messages: Peers Manager -> Others

These are the messages sent by the peers manager:

Message Destination Input type Output type Description
GetConfig ConfigManager () Result<Config, io::Error> Request the configuration
Get StorageManager &'static [u8] StorageResult<Option<T>> Wrapper to Storage get() method
Put StorageManager &'static [u8], Vec<u8> StorageResult<()> Wrapper to Storage put() method


This message is sent to the ConfigManager actor when the peers manager actor is started.

The return value is used to initialize the list of known peers. For further information, see ConfigManager.


This message is sent to the StorageManager actor when the peers manager actor is started.

The return value is a list of peers from the storage which are added to the list of known peers.


This message is sent to the StorageManager actor periodically using a period obtained from ConfigManager

The return value is used to check if the storage process has been successful.

Further information

The full source code of the PeersManager can be found at