Parallel task worker in Python

# Task worker
# Connects PULL socket to tcp://localhost:5557
# Collects workloads from ventilator via that socket
# Connects PUSH socket to tcp://localhost:5558
# Sends results to sink via that socket
#
# Author: Lev Givon <lev(at)columbia(dot)edu>

import sys
import time
import zmq

context = zmq.Context()

# Socket to receive messages on
receiver = context.socket(zmq.PULL)
receiver.connect("tcp://localhost:5557")

# Socket to send messages to
sender = context.socket(zmq.PUSH)
sender.connect("tcp://localhost:5558")

# Process tasks forever
while True:
s = receiver.recv()

# Simple progress indicator for the viewer
sys.stdout.write('.')
sys.stdout.flush()

# Do the work
time.sleep(int(s)*0.001)

# Send results to sink
sender.send(b'')