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We use queues to communicate between applications, typically over a network. Queues provide certain guarantees to mitigate inevitable network glitches and code bugs.

  • One or more processes, Sender(s), are dispatching messages to a Queue. One or more processes, Receiver(s), are listening to the queue and processing every message.
  • Receiver ought to acknowledge every successfully processed message within a specific time period, called Visibility Timeout.
  • If Receiver fails to do so, the message is sent to that or another Receiver again, to make sure it is processed.

Use Cases

  • An API handler submits tasks to convert video files which are served by multiple workers.
  • A periodic job submits orders to generate heavy PDF reports, which are served by multiple serverless functions.