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Architecture Overview

Architecture diagram

The API and storage layers are pluggable and provide ability to work with different backends and queue service providers.

Runtime Model

Conductor follows RPC based communication model where workers are running on a separate machine from the server. Workers communicate with server over HTTP based endpoints and employs polling model for managing work queues.

Runtime Model of Conductor


  • Workers are remote systems that communicate over HTTP with the conductor servers.
  • Task Queues are used to schedule tasks for workers. We use dyno-queues internally but it can easily be swapped with SQS or similar pub-sub mechanism.
  • conductor-redis-persistence module uses Dynomite for storing the state and metadata along with Elasticsearch for indexing backend.
  • See section under extending backend for implementing support for different databases for storage and indexing.