AIR Task Flow and Management


In today's dynamic digital environment, managing tasks efficiently within a software system is crucial for reliability, flexibility, and optimal performance. This guide delves into a sophisticated task management system designed to handle a wide array of operational scenarios, focusing on task retrieval, execution, prioritization, and system resilience against failures and network disruptions.

Task Retrieval and Execution

The Role of the Air Console

The AIR platform features an intuitive web-based console designed to orchestrate and dispatch tasks to designated remote AIR responders effectively. Serving as the nerve center for task allocation, this console guarantees that each task is accurately assigned for execution, optimizing operational efficiency. Within this ecosystem, the assignment of a specific task to a particular asset is termed a 'task assignment,' ensuring a clear, one-to-one correspondence between tasks and assets for precise management and tracking.

Mechanisms for Task Checking

To accommodate diverse operational needs and customer network policies, the system employs two primary mechanisms for task checking:

  1. Regular Interval Checks: Tasks are checked at predefined intervals, which can be dynamically adjusted based on the system's current configuration and operational demands.

  2. The NATS Protocol: For immediate task fetching or near real time communications with assets, the system incorporates a specialized protocol named "NATS." This protocol is designed to bypass the standard checking intervals, allowing for urgent tasks to be retrieved and executed with minimal delay

Task Checking Intervals

Task-checking intervals are not static; they vary dynamically from seconds to hours, influenced by the system's configuration. This flexibility ensures the system can adapt to changing workloads and priorities efficiently.

Task Prioritization and Execution Order

Prioritization of Critical Tasks

Certain tasks, such as "cancel tasks," receive priority in the execution queue. This prioritization is crucial to prevent delays in the cancellation process, ensuring tasks are halted promptly when required.

Execution Order and FIFO Queue Model

The system adopts a first-in-first-out (FIFO) queue model for task execution. This model guarantees that tasks are processed in the order received, with special considerations for tasks that might block or delay subsequent operations unnecessarily.

Handling of Failed Tasks and Network Disruptions

System Design for Resilience

Designed to withstand system shutdowns, network disruptions, and unforeseen issues, the system retains the status of failed tasks. It attempts to resume or report failures upon system recovery, ensuring minimal disruption to task execution flows.

Retry Mechanisms for File Uploads

For tasks necessitating file uploads, such as to an evidence repository, the system implements retry mechanisms. These mechanisms are designed to re-attempt uploads in case of network issues, with the number of retries and specific handling varying based on the task type and destination.

Data Purging and Task Cancellation

A specialized "purge local" task type exists for the efficient cleanup of local data related to completed or failed tasks. This function is integral to maintaining optimal disk space usage and system resource allocation.

System Flexibility and Customer Policies

This guide underscores the necessity of a flexible system capable of adapting to varied customer policies, including specific network configurations and security requirements. The choice of protocols and mechanisms for task management is influenced by these diverse operational needs.

Documentation and System Improvements

Continuous improvement is a cornerstone of system development. The commitment to updating documentation reflects ongoing efforts to refine task management processes and system functionalities based on operational insights and technical advancements.

Technical Implementation Details

The guide provides an in-depth look at the technical underpinnings of the system, including the use of the "NATS" protocol, dynamic adjustment of task-checking intervals, and the logic behind task prioritization and queue management. These details offer a comprehensive understanding of the system's operational logic and its capability to handle various scenarios efficiently.


Efficient task management is pivotal in ensuring the reliability and performance of software systems. Through innovative mechanisms like the air console and NATS protocol, alongside dynamic task-checking intervals and a robust FIFO queue model, the system outlined in this guide represents a state-of-the-art solution for managing tasks in complex software environments. The emphasis on flexibility, resilience, and continuous improvement underscores the system's readiness to meet the evolving demands of modern digital operations.

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