Thursday, December 10, 2009

On the performance of JMS Messaging Bridges

from WebLogic manuals:

When to Avoid using a Messaging Bridge

Environment with low tolerance for message latency. Messaging Bridges increase latency and may lower throughput. Messaging bridges increase latency for messages as they introduce an extra destination in the message path and may lower throughput because they forward messages using a single thread.
Forward messages between WebLogic 9.0 and higher domains—Use WebLogic Store-and-Forward.

and more:

Avoid using a Messaging Bridge if remote destinations are already highly available. JMS clients can send directly to remote destinations. Use messaging bridge in situations where remote destinations are not highly available, such as an unreliable network or different maintenance schedules.
Use the better performing JMS SAF feature instead of using a Messaging Bridge when forwarding messages to remote destinations. In general, a JMS SAF agent is significantly faster than a Messaging Bridge. One exception is a configuration when sending messages in a non-persistent exactly-once mode.

and more:

When the Exactly-once quality of service is used, the bridge must undergo a two-phase commit with both JMS servers in order to ensure the transaction semantics and this operation can be very expensive. However, unlike the other qualities of service, the bridge can batch multiple operations together using Exactly-once service.
You may need to experiment with this parameter to get the best possible performance. For example, if the queue is not very busy or if non-persistent messages are used, Exactly-once batching may be of little benefit.
A quality of service of Exactly-once has a significant effect on bridge performance. The bridge starts a new transaction for each message and performs a two-phase commit across both JMS servers involved in the transaction. Since the two-phase commit is usually the most expensive part of the bridge transaction, as the number of messages being processed increases, the bridge performance tends to decrease.


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