Thank you for your interest in SmartInspect.
Yes, this is possible. The SmartInspect Console (the viewer) supports receiving messages from multiple clients at the same time. The Console was explicitly designed to perform well even with multiple TCP clients.
I’m not sure if I understood your question correctly, but I try to summarize how the SmartInspect Console works with TCP clients. When a TCP client sends a message to the Console, the Console reads the entire message and then sends an “OK” packet back to the client. The client waits until the “OK” packet is received. It is thereby important to note that the TCP listener part in the Console is decoupled from the actual displaying and filtering of messages. This means that the Console sends the “OK” answer immediately after receiving the packet from the client and the client thus does not need to wait until the contents of the packet are extracted and eventually displayed.
For filtering messages, you have several options in the SmartInspect concept. Seen from a high-level perspective, filtering can be done on the client-side (with the libraries) or directly in the Console. Filtering on the client-side can be achieved with log levels, sessions (these are similar to CodeSite categories with the difference that multiple sessions can share the same logging connection, I think this isn’t possible with CodeSite) or custom filtering via a Filter event.
Filtering in the Console on the other hand is achieved by creating so called “views” (these are the tabs in the middle of the Console) and configuring them to show those parts of the log you are interested in. For example, to show the log messages of a certain application only, you could create a new view whose application filter is set to the name of your application. You can even tell the Console to create new views automatically based on certain criteria. This feature is called AutoViews and may be used, for example, to let the Console create a new view for each thread of your multi-threaded services.
I hope this answers your questions. Please let me know if there’s anything else I can assist you with.