The node address is the rear half of a target address, consisting of NodeId and SegmentId. The node address can be used to identify a node precisely.

Constructors and static factory methods

The default constructor is used to create the local node address, i.e. the address, which belongs to the own node.

final CNodeAddress n = new CNodeAddress();

An invalid or empty node address is created with the constructor, which takes a Boolean. The value does not matter. However, it is better to use the EMPTY public field here.

final CNodeAddress n1 = new CNodeAddress(true);
final CNodeAddress n2 = new CNodeAddress(false);
final CNodeAddress n3 = CNodeAddress.EMPTY;

Another variant accepts a NodeId. If this is invalid, the local NodeId is used. The local ID is also used for the SegmentId.

final CNodeId nodeId = ...
final CNodeAddress n = new CNodeAddress(nodeId);

Once you have the NodeId and SegmentId, you can create the corresponding node address .

final CNodeId nodeId = ...
final CSegmentId segmentId = ...
final CNodeAddress n = new CNodeAddress(nodeId,

For testing purposes, there is a method that provides random node addresses.

public static CNodeAddress random();


The following getters are available:

public CNodeId getNodeId();
public CSegmentId getSegmentId();

The local address can be obtained via:

public static CNodeAddress getLocal();


Addresses can be checked to see if they are valid.

public static boolean isValid(@Nullable final CNodeAddress aValue);

The following method checks if the address corresponds to the local node. Null values and EMPTY values are interpreted as local.

public boolean isLocalNode();

An address is complete if NodeId and SegmentId are not empty:

public boolean isComplete();

String I/O

A node address can be output as a string. The NodeId is separated from the SegmentId with a dot. Invalid components are output as an empty string. A node address in the form of a string can also be read in again:

final CNodeAddress n = CNodeAddress.fromString("Hello.World");
final String s = n.valueToString();


The toString() method may output a shortened string that cannot be converted back to a node address. It is better to use the valueToString() method.

Stream I/O

Objects can be written to a DataOutput stream and read from a DataInput stream. Null values are taken into account.

final DataOutput out = ...
final CNodeAddress address1 = CNodeAddress.fromString("node.segment");
final DataInput in = ...
final CNodeAddress address2 = CNodeAddress.fromStream(in);


CNodeAddress supports equals(), hashCode() and implements the Comparable interface.

There are two other methods that compare the NodeId and the SegmentId respectively.

public boolean matchNodeId(@Nullable final CNodeId aNodeId);
public boolean matchSegmentId(@Nullable final CSegmentId aSegmentId);

Another method realizes a comparison of two addresses considering null values:

public static boolean isEqual(@Nullable final CNodeAddress aValue1,
                              @Nullable final CNodeAddress aValue2);

There is a special method that compares two addresses, taking into account, that null or EMPTY values correspond to the local address.

public static boolean logicalEquals(@Nullable final CNodeAddress aNodeId1,
                                    @Nullable final CNodeAddress aNodeId2); - Innovative Distributed System