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Lesson 3: Actor’s address and PID.

In the previous lesson, we looked at the diagram where UserActor() sends a message IncrementPlayCount() to the actor MoviePlayCounterActor(). But as you can see, the actor MoviePlayCounterActor() is not a child actor UserActor() so we will not have a direct link to the actor MoviePlayCounterActor(). So what should we do in this case?

I want to remind you that in the Proto.Actor platform, the reference to another actor is PID. PID, in turn, is an abbreviation for process ID, i.e., it is a unique process identifier in the actor system.

The PID consists of a combination of an address and an ID. The address is the address of the host where the actor is hosted. for a remote host, it can be the IP address of the machine where the actor instance is hosted. The ID is a unique identifier of the actor on this host. It consists of a unique number and the name of the actor written in the format.


Thus, knowing the address and ID of the interested actor, we can create its PID manually. It is done in the following way.

var moviePlayCounterActorPid = new PID(system.ProcessRegistry.Address, "$1/MoviePlayCounterActor");

Now we can use the resulting PID’s to send messages to our actor. Regardless of where it is deployed and whether our actor is a child.

Go ahead!