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Article: Introduction to OpenTerracotta

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OpenTerracotta is an open source (MPL-based license) enterprise-class JVM clustering solution that can take multi-threaded single-JVM apps and have them run across multiple JVMs with no code changes.  In this latest InfoQ article, Orion Letizi goes super-indepth on Terracotta and how it works, explaining how to do session replication, distributed caching, master/worker, Spring clustering, and more. 

Read an Introduction to OpenTerracotta.

See also InfoQ's coverage of Terracotta going open source this past December including an interview with Terracotta CEO Ari Zilka.

OpenTerracotta’s DSO (distributed shared objects) allows the transparent clustering of user-defined classes, Java primitives, and even core Java class libraries, including its concurrency abstractions. DSO is a hub and spoke architecture, with a central server replicating data across JVMs as needed. Objects retain identity across a cluster, and the central data store (which itself can be replicable) ensures smooth failover.  Terracotta replicates changes from one heap to heaps in other VM's. Terracotta also coordinates synchronization between threads, and can migrate threads across server instances. Bytecode instrumentation of classes declared clusterable is also used, resulting in fine-grained replication field-level changes across the cluster, without the need to declare objects as serializeable.

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