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What is the proper approach to create a dynamic *number* of subscribers/services?

asked 2016-07-06 14:31:05 -0600

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I have n number of robots, and I want to gather each of their positions. Each robot is under a different namespace so I have the topics:


If the namespace follows the same convention, is it better to:

  1. Create a subscriber for each robot?
  2. Create a service-client for each robot?

And given a subscriber or service, what is the proper way to dynamically find the services/topics to subscribe to?


  1. Use the parameter server with the number of robots. Works for both subscribers and services. Use the same callback for each robot.
  2. Have each robot republish their pose onto a joint /pose_all topic and use one subscriber. Can differentiate between robots using PoseStamped. Simplest seeming solution (no parameters to remember to update...), but is it hacky?
  3. Some better method using service calls?
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answered 2016-07-07 07:30:49 -0600

kramer gravatar image

See if my answer to a similar question is helpful as an alternative. Upon re-reading my answer, I realize I wasn't as clear as I could have been; apologies in advance.

Perhaps you're aware of this already, but a note/warning: be careful with service calls. They block, and may cause a performance hit, especially if you have a proliferating number them (as you seem to be suggesting).

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