Sun Java System Application Server Enterprise Edition 8.2 Developer's Guide

Eager Loading of Field State

By default, the EJB container loads the state for all CMP fields (excluding relationship, BLOB, and CLOB fields) before invoking the ejbLoad method of the abstract bean. This approach might not be optimal for entity objects with large state if most business methods require access to only parts of the state. If this is an issue, use the fetched-with element in sun-cmp-mappings.xml for fields that are used infrequently.