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JBoss AS 5 Performance Tuning

By : Francesco Marchioni, Jason Savod
Book Image

JBoss AS 5 Performance Tuning

By: Francesco Marchioni, Jason Savod

Overview of this book

Today's organizations need to deliver faster services to a large set of people and businesses. In order to survive this challenge, enterprises need to optimize the performance of their application server along with its components and hardware. Writing faster applications is no longer just an option for your products; it's an imperative requirement, which you cannot ignore. JBoss AS 5 Performance Tuning will teach you how to deliver fast applications on the JBoss Application Server and Apache Tomcat, giving you a decisive competitive advantage over your competitors. You will learn how to optimize the hardware resources, meeting your application requirements with less expenditure.The performance of Java Enterprise applications is the sum of a set of components including the Java Virtual Machine configuration, the application server configuration (in our case, JBoss AS), the application code itself and ultimately the operating system. This book will show you how to apply the correct tuning methodology and use the tuning tools that will help you to monitor and address any performance issues. By looking more closely at the Java Virtual Machine, you will get a deeper understanding of what the available options are for your applications and how their performance will be affected. You will learn about thread pool tuning, EJB tuning, JMS tuning, Enterprise Java Beans, and the Java Messaging Service. The persistence layer and JBoss Clustering service each have a chapter dedicated to them as they are two of the most crucial elements to configure correctly in order to run a fast application. You will also learn how to tune your web server, enabling you to configure and develop web applications that get the most out of the embedded Tomcat web server.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
JBoss AS 5 Performance Tuning
About the Author
About the Reviewers
A Tuned Mind


In this chapter, we have covered the basic structure of the application server and some of the core services like the thread pool, the connection pool, and the logging system. The basic rules of thumb we have learnt can be resumed as follows:

  • The new release 5.x of the application server is the state-of-art as it concerns modular and extensible services. The system requirements for this release are higher than with 4.x. In order to get the most from this release you can conveniently remove the services not used by your applications.

  • You can cut down by nearly 50% the application server basic requirements by removing the admin_console, the scheduler service, EJB2 support, the Hypersonic DB, and a set of minor services.

  • JBoss AS generally dispatches its services by means of a pool of resources.

  • The System thread pool is used to serve JNDI clients and can be configured by means of <server>/conf/jboss-service.xml. The default settings are usually good for most applications.

  • The connection...