What are the category theory structures describing queues and topics? By queues and topics I mean the ones described in systems like Apache Kafka, AcriveMQ or Java Messaging Service.
Where I can find material about that?
Computer Science Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for students, researchers and practitioners of computer science. It only takes a minute to sign up.Sign up to join this community
A data structure Queue is very close to the concept of a List, however a Queue is a First-In-First-Out (FIFO) data structure. The available operations to interact with the List structure then, are limited to
dequeue() (it is not a case in fact that a queue can be implemented using a List structure).
In the context of Category Theory you might find a parallelism between a List data structure and a Free Monoid https://ncatlab.org/nlab/show/free+monoid which can provide a recursive implementation of a List data structure. The same category equipped with ad-hoc morphism can be used to describe the behaviour of Stacks and Queues data structure.
In the case of Kafka and other similar queue services, besides the complications coming from the distributed case scenario, they don't really resemble the usual case of a Queue data structure. In fact, such a data structure is always supposed to be finite - they are rather implementing the concept of a stream (which could be finite or infinite) under the access condition of a queue (to be completely precise, for Kafka that's not even completely true, since you have the ability to access elements arbitrarily from the topic/queue using an offset). To model such kind of streaming structures an approach similar to this https://ncatlab.org/nlab/show/stream could be used.