3.5. Create DomainParticipant, Topic, and Type

A DomainParticipantFactory creates DomainParticipants, and a DomainParticipant itself is the factory for creating Publishers, Subscribers, and Topics.

When creating a DomainParticipant, you may need to customize DomainParticipantQos, notably for:

  • Resource limits. Default resource limits are set at minimum values.
  • Initial peers.
  • Discovery. The name of the registered discovery component (“dpde” or “dpse”) must be assigned to DiscoveryQosPolicy’s name.
  • Participant Name. Every DomainParticipant is given the same default name. Must be unique when using DPSE discovery.

Example code:

  • Create a DomainParticipant with configured DomainParticipantQos:

    DDS_DomainParticipant *participant = NULL;
    struct DDS_DomainParticipantQos dp_qos =
    /* DDS domain of DomainParticipant */
    DDS_Long domain_id = 0;
    /* Name of your registered Discovery component */
    if (!RT_ComponentFactoryId_set_name(&dp_qos.discovery.discovery.name, "dpde"))
         /* failure */
    /* Initial peers: use only default multicast peer */
    *DDS_StringSeq_get_reference(&dp_qos.discovery.initial_peers,0) =
    /* Resource limits */
    dp_qos.resource_limits.max_destination_ports = 32;
    dp_qos.resource_limits.max_receive_ports = 32;
    dp_qos.resource_limits.local_topic_allocation = 1;
    dp_qos.resource_limits.local_type_allocation = 1;
    dp_qos.resource_limits.local_reader_allocation = 1;
    dp_qos.resource_limits.local_writer_allocation = 1;
    dp_qos.resource_limits.remote_participant_allocation = 8;
    dp_qos.resource_limits.remote_reader_allocation = 8;
    dp_qos.resource_limits.remote_writer_allocation = 8;
    /* Participant name */
    strcpy(dp_qos.participant_name.name, "Participant_1");
    participant =
     if (participant == NULL)
         /* failure */

3.5.1. Register Type

Your data types that have been generated from IDL need to be registered with the DomainParticipants that will be using them. Each registered type must have a unique name, preferably the same as its IDL defined name.

DDS_ReturnCode_t retcode;

retcode = DDS_DomainParticipant_register_type(participant,
if (retcode != DDS_RETCODE_OK)
    /* failure */

3.5.2. Create Topic of Registered Type

DDS Topics encapsulate the types being communicated, and you can create Topics for your type once your type is registered.

A topic is given a name at creation (e.g. “Example HelloWorld”). The type associated with the Topic is specified with its registered name.

DDS_Topic *topic = NULL;

topic = DDS_DomainParticipant_create_topic(participant,
                                           "Example HelloWorld",

if (topic == NULL)
    /* failure */

3.5.3. DPSE Discovery: Assert Remote Participant

DPSE Discovery relies on the application to specify the other, or remote, DomainParticipants that its local DomainParticipants are allowed to discover. Your application must call a DPSE API for each remote participant to discover. The API takes as input the name of the remote participant.

/* Enable discovery of remote participant with name Participant_2 */
retcode = DPSE_RemoteParticipant_assert(participant, "Participant_2");
if (retcode != DDS_RETCODE_OK)
    /* failure */

For more information, see the DDS Domains section in the User’s Manual.