This section addresses the following configuration topics:
For information about setting up load balancing for message-driven beans, see Load-Balanced Message Inflow.
A message-driven bean is a client to a Connector inbound resource adapter. The message-driven bean container uses the JMS service integrated into the Enterprise Server for message-driven beans that are JMS clients. JMS clients use JMS Connection Factory- and Destination-administered objects. A JMS Connection Factory administered object is a resource manager Connection Factory object that is used to create connections to the JMS provider.
The jndi-name element of the ejb element in the sun-ejb-jar.xml file specifies the JNDI name of the administered object for the JMS Queue or Topic destination that is associated with the message-driven bean.
The container manages a pool of message-driven beans for the concurrent processing of a stream of messages. The sun-ejb-jar.xml file contains the elements that define the pool (that is, the bean-pool element):
For more information about sun-ejb-jar.xml, see The sun-ejb-jar.xml File in Sun GlassFish Enterprise Server v2.1.1 Application Deployment Guide.
Initial and Minimum Pool Size - Specifies the initial and minimum number of beans maintained in the pool. The default is 0.
Maximum Pool Size - Specifies the maximum number of beans that can be created to satisfy client requests. The default is 32.
Pool Resize Quantity - Specifies the number of beans to be created if a request arrives when the pool is empty (subject to the Initial and Minimum Pool Size), or the number of beans to remove if idle for more than the Idle Timeout. The default is 8.
Idle Timeout - Specifies the maximum time in seconds that a bean can remain idle in the pool. After this amount of time, the bean is destroyed. The default is 600 (10 minutes). A value of 0 means a bean can remain idle indefinitely.
For information on monitoring message-driven beans, click the Help button in the Admin Console. In the developer profile, the Monitor tab is accessible from the Application Server page. In the Cluster profile, select the Stand-Alone Instances component, select the instance from the table, and select the Monitor tab.
Running monitoring when it is not needed might impact performance, so you might choose to turn monitoring off when it is not in use. For details, see Chapter 18, Monitoring Components and Services, in Sun GlassFish Enterprise Server v2.1.1 Administration Guide.
This section discusses the following restrictions and performance optimizations that pertain to developing message-driven beans:
The message-driven bean pool is also a pool of threads, with each message-driven bean instance in the pool associating with a server session, and each server session associating with a thread. Therefore, a large pool size also means a high number of threads, which impacts performance and server resources.
When configuring message-driven bean pool properties, make sure to consider factors such as message arrival rate and pattern, onMessage method processing time, overall server resources (threads, memory, and so on), and any concurrency requirements and limitations from other resources that the message-driven bean accesses.
When tuning performance and resource usage, make sure to consider potential JMS provider properties for the connection factory used by the container (the mdb-connection-factory element in the sun-ejb-jar.xml file). For example, you can tune the Sun GlassFish Message Queue flow control related properties for connection factory in situations where the message incoming rate is much higher than max-pool-size can handle.
Refer to Chapter 18, Monitoring Components and Services, in Sun GlassFish Enterprise Server v2.1.1 Administration Guide for information on how to get message-driven bean pool statistics.
Message-driven beans, like other well-behaved MessageListeners, should not, in general, throw runtime exceptions. If a message-driven bean’s onMessage method encounters a system-level exception or error that does not allow the method to successfully complete, the Enterprise JavaBeans Specification, v3.0 provides the following guidelines:
If the bean method encounters a runtime exception or error, it should simply propagate the error from the bean method to the container.
If the bean method performs an operation that results in a checked exception that the bean method cannot recover, the bean method should throw the javax.ejb.EJBException that wraps the original exception.
Any other unexpected error conditions should be reported using javax.ejb.EJBException (javax.ejb.EJBException is a subclass of java.lang.RuntimeException).
Under container-managed transaction demarcation, upon receiving a runtime exception from a message-driven bean’s onMessage method, the container rolls back the container-started transaction and the message is redelivered. This is because the message delivery itself is part of the container-started transaction. By default, the Enterprise Server container closes the container’s connection to the JMS provider when the first runtime exception is received from a message-driven bean instance’s onMessage method. This avoids potential message redelivery looping and protects server resources if the message-driven bean’s onMessage method continues misbehaving. To change this default container behavior, use the cmt-max-runtime-exceptions property of the mdb-container element in the domain.xml file.
The cmt-max-runtime-exceptions property specifies the maximum number of runtime exceptions allowed from a message-driven bean’s onMessage method before the container starts to close the container’s connection to the message source. By default this value is 1; -1 disables this container protection.
A message-driven bean’s onMessage method can use the javax.jms.Message getJMSRedelivered method to check whether a received message is a redelivered message.
The cmt-max-runtime-exceptions property might be deprecated in the future.