Sun GlassFish Message Queue 4.4 Developer's Guide for Java Clients

Use of Selectors (Message Filtering)

Application developers can have the messaging provider sort messages according to criteria specified in the message selector associated with a consumer and deliver to that consumer only those messages whose property value matches the message selector. For example, if an application creates a subscriber to the topic WidgetOrders and specifies the expression NumberOfOrders >1000 for the message selector, messages with a NumberOfOrders property value of 1001 or more are delivered to that subscriber.

Creating consumers with selectors lowers performance (as compared to using multiple destinations) because additional processing is required to handle each message. When a selector is used, it must be parsed so that it can be matched against future messages. Additionally, the message properties of each message must be retrieved and compared against the selector as each message is routed. However, using selectors provides more flexibility in a messaging application and may lower resource requirements at the expense of speed.

Message Size

Message size affects performance because more data must be passed from producing client to broker and from broker to consuming client, and because for persistent messages a larger message must be stored.

However, by batching smaller messages into a single message, the routing and processing of individual messages can be minimized, providing an overall performance gain. In this case, information about the state of individual messages is lost.

In our tests, which compared throughput in kilobytes per second for 1K, 10K, and 100K-sized messages to a queue destination using AUTO_ACKNOWLEDGE mode, we found that non-persistent messaging was about 50% faster for 1K messages, about 20% faster for 10K messages, and about 5% faster for 100K messages. The size of the message affected performance significantly for both persistent and non-persistent messages. 100k messages are about 10 times faster than 10K, and 10K messages are about 5 times faster than 1K.

Message Body Type

JMS supports five message body types, shown below roughly in the order of complexity:

While, in general, the message type is dictated by the needs of an application, the more complicated types (map and object) carry a performance cost — the expense of serializing and deserializing the data. The performance cost depends on how simple or how complicated the data is.