Sun Java System Web Server 7.0 Update 4 Performance Tuning, Sizing, and Scaling Guide

Disable Dynamic Application Reloading

If dynamic reloading is enabled, the server periodically checks for changes in deployed applications and automatically reloads the application with the changes. Dynamic reloading is intended for development environments and is also incompatible with session persistence. To improve performance, disable dynamic class reloading.

Disable dynamic class reloading for an application

Remove .reload from the web application directory.