The ArrowWriter https://github.com/apache/arrow/blob/master/java/vector/src/main/java/org/apache/arrow/vector/file/ArrowWriter.java accepts a WriteableByteChannel where the stream is written
It would be useful to be able to support other kinds of message framing and transport, like GRPC or HTTP. So rather than writing a complete Arrow stream as a single contiguous byte stream, the component messages (schema, dictionaries, and record batches) would be framed as separate messages in the underlying protocol.
So if we were using ProtocolBuffers and gRPC as the underlying transport for the stream, we could encapsulate components of an Arrow stream in objects like:
If the transport supports zero copy, that is obviously better than serializing then parsing a protocol buffer.
We should do this work in C++ as well to support more flexible stream transport.