This chapter describes MDB transaction batching for WebLogic Server 12.1.3. Within an MDB, business logic, possibly including database transactions, is performed within the
onMessage() method. Within an EJB application, multiple MDBs can perform multiple
onMessage() calls concurrently. If each
onMessage() call performs a container-managed transaction, this can create a lot of overhead.
WebLogic Server provides a mechanism for grouping multiple container-managed transaction MDB
onMessage() calls together under a single transaction. This mechanism can help increase the performance of an EJB application by implicitly grouping all of the work from different
onMessage calls into a single request.
For information on transaction management within MDBs, see Configuring Transaction Management Strategy for an MDB.
Note:Transaction batching is not effective for all MDB applications. For example, database deadlocks can occur in an application where an MDB makes multiple calls to a database. Using the transaction batching feature will cause the MDB to lock more rows per transaction which can lead to database deadlocks.
This chapter includes the following sections:
You can enable MDB transaction batching by defining the
max-messages-in-transaction element or using the equivalent property in
activationConfigProperty. The element is part of the
message-driven-descriptor element of the
weblogic-ejb-jar.xml deployment descriptor.
max-messages-in-transaction defines the batch size WebLogic Server uses to process
onMessage() transactions. However, increasing the batch size can increase latency. You should start with a small value, 5 for example. You can increase this value as your application performance allows.
When using MDB batching, more messages are processed per transaction. This may cause more transactions to time out since more work is being performed in each transaction. You can increase the transaction timeout be increasing the value of
trans-timeout-seconds attribute of
weblogic-ejb-jar.xml. Alternatively, you can use
@TransactionTimeoutSeconds annotation, as follows:
import weblogic.javaee.TransactionTimeoutSeconds; ...; @TransactionTimeoutSeconds(value = 60); ...; public class MyMDB ...
MDB transaction batching does not require any changes to application code. As far as the application is concerned, individual messages are still processed one by one. There is no application level message list.
Internally, WebLogic Server creates a transaction for a batch. A message is added to the transaction until the number of messages in the transaction is equal to the batch size defined by
max-messages-in-transaction or the equivalent property in
activationConfigProperty. When the number of messages in the equals
max-messages-in-transaction or there is no next message to be added to the transaction, the transaction is submitted for processing. See Figure 9-1.
If an individual
onMessage() call fails, then the entire batch is rolled back. If the failure was due to a transaction timeout, as defined in the
trans-timeout-seconds attribute of
weblogic-ejb-jar.xml, the MDB container temporarily reduces the batch size and attempts to process the transactions with smaller batches.
If failure occurs for another reason, the MDB reprocesses each message within the failed batch as an individual transaction. This avoids the scenario where an individual
onMessage() call can permanently hang an entire batch.