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From Gabriel Gruber <>
Subject Terracotta Clustering for solving the "continuation-serialisation-problem" in a cluster environment?
Date Tue, 22 Jan 2008 06:53:47 GMT
Hello dear Experts, 

We are currently implementing our cocoon 2.1.10/spring/hibernate based 
application at a big customer in a clustered environment on tomcat 5.028 
and JDK 1.4x using Apache 2.0 and mod_jk as load-balancer. As recommended 
we use "sticky-sessions" due to the fact, that serialisation of 
session-state (and their nested flowscript continuations) is not possible. 

However there seems to be a new star on the sky of clustering named 
terracotta which virtually builds a "grid of jvms". Terracotta has finally 
gone open source and offers their product on the base of TPL which is a 
slightly modification of the Mozilla Public Licence (MPL): 

As a specific usecase http session clustering is well documented in the 
terracota documentation. In contrast to "classic" http clustering 
solutions, terracotta does NOT serialize the http session-objects but 
rather "shares a tree of objects between cluster nodes". 

Might this finally be a solution for having a seamless failover for cocoon 
users with flow continuations, cforms models and all that stuff? 


Mag. Gabriel Gruber
Senior Consultant
Workflow EDV GmbH, Dannebergplatz 6/23, A-1030 Wien
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