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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 learnt how to configure optimally the embedded JBoss Web server, which is behind the scenes of the well-known Tomcat Web server.

  • The default JBoss Web server configuration is fit for a Web application with little or medium traffic. In order to carry high loads the Web configuration needs to be appropriately tuned.

    • The MaxThreads parameter of server.xml is the most important parameter as it determines the maximum number of concurrent connections allowed. A good rule of thumb is setting it at about 25% more of the currentBusyThreads property of your Web server Thread Pool.

    • The minimum number of threads always kept alive are controlled by the MinSpareThreads attribute.

    • By setting an appropriate value of maxIdleTime, you can reduce the number of threads used by your applications at idle time.

    • Setting the correct number of threads to be used greatly influences the performance of your application. Too few threads will require costly threads creation (low MinSpareThreads...