JBoss Cache configuration

This section will show you how to use and configure Jboss Cache in the clustered environment. Also, you will know how to use a template-based configuration offered by JCR for JBoss Cache instances.

For indexer, lock manager and data container

Each mentioned component uses instances of JBoss Cache product for caching in clustered environment. So every element has its own transport and has to be configured in a proper way. As usual, workspaces have similar configuration but with different cluster-names and maybe some other parameters. The simplest way to configure them is to define their own configuration files for each component in each workspace:

<property name="jbosscache-configuration" value="${gatein.jcr.index.cache.config}"/>

However, if there are few workspaces, configuring them in such a way can be painful and hard to manage JCR which offers a template-based configuration for JBoss Cache instances. You can have one template for Lock Manager, one for Indexer and one for data container and use them in all the workspaces, defining the map of substitution parameters in a main configuration file. Just simply define ${jbosscache-<parameter name>} inside xml-template and list correct values in the JCR configuration file just below "jbosscache-configuration", as shown:

JGroups configuration

JGroups is used by JBoss Cache for network communications and transport in a clustered environment. If property "jgroups-configuration" is defined in component configuration, it will be injected into the JBoss Cache instance on startup.

<property name="jgroups-configuration" value="${gatein.jcr.jgroups.config}" />

As mentioned above, each component (lock manager, data container and query handler) for each workspace requires its own clustered environment. In other words, they have their own clusters with unique names. By default, each cluster should perform multi-casts on a separate port. This configuration leads to much unnecessary overhead on cluster. That is why JGroups offers multiplexer feature, providing the ability to use one single channel for a set of clusters. This feature reduces network overheads and increase performance and stability of application.

To enable multiplexer stack, you should define appropriate configuration file (upd-mux.xml is pre-shipped one with JCR) and set "jgroups-multiplexer-stack" to "true".

<property name="jgroups-configuration" value="jar:/conf/portal/udp-mux.xml" />
<property name="jgroups-multiplexer-stack" value="true" />

It is now highly recommended to use the shared transport instead of the multiplexer. To do so, simply disable the multiplexer stack in the configuration of each component by setting the property jgroups-multiplexer-stack to "false" then you will need to ensure that the format of your jgroups configuration is not anymore a jgroups stack definitions but a normal configuration. Finally, you will need to set the property singleton_name of your JGroups configuration to a unique name (this name must not be the same from one portal container to another).

<property name="jgroups-configuration" value="jar:/conf/portal/udp-mux.xml" />
<property name="jgroups-multiplexer-stack" value="false" />

Allow sharing JBoss Cache instances

A JBoss Cache instance is quite resource consuming and there are three JBoss Cache instances by default (one instance for the indexer, one for the lock manager and one for the data container) for each workspace, so if you intend to have a lot of workspaces, it could make sense to decide to share one JBoss Cache instance with several cache instances of the same type (for example: indexer, lock manager or data container). This feature is disabled by default and can be enabled at component configuration level (for example: indexer configuration, lock manager configuration and/or data container configuration) by setting the property "jbosscache-shareable" to "true" as below:

<property name="jbosscache-shareable" value="true" />

Once enabled, this feature will allow the JBoss Cache instance used by the component to be re-used by another components of the same type (for example: indexer, lock manager or data container) with the same JBoss Cache configuration (except the eviction configuration that can be different). This means all the parameters of type ${jbosscache-<parameter name>} must be identical between the components of same type of different workspaces. In other words, if you use the same values for the parameters of type ${jbosscache-<parameter name>} in each workspace, you will have only 3 JBoss Cache instances (one instance for the indexer, one for the lock manager and one for the data container) used whatever the total amount of workspaces defined.

Shipped JBoss Cache configuration templates

JCR implementation is shipped with ready-to-use JBoss Cache configuration templates for JCR's components. They are situated in application package in /conf/porta/ folder.


To learn about the properties, see their corresponding descriptions in Configuring JCR in cluster.

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