[jboss-user] [JBoss Messaging] - ClusteredConnectionFactory vs JmsXA

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Thu Jun 12 12:04:33 EDT 2008

My application consists of a number of EJB3 MDBs, which pull messages off  a number of queues and topics. The application is deployed on a cluster of 2 identical nodes. I have installed JBM 1.4(SP3) on JB 4.2.2.

When I inject the ClusteredXAConnectionFactory the application work, but the messages are not treated i the same transaction as the rest of the work done in my MDB. For example, I would like to persist an Entity as well as forward a message to anther MDB. The other MDB is dependent on the entity being persistent and available in the database.

However with ClusteredXAConnectionFactory it seems that message is sent outside the transactional context. Rather frequently it happens that the message arrives at the next bean, but the persistence has't finnished. The messages are however distributed evenly across both nodes.

After a little research online, I found several posts suggestion to use JmsXA instead of ClusteredXAConnectionFactory. This resolved my transaction problem nicely, however since the switch the messages are no longer distributed evenly. It seems to only use the other node, when all MDBs in the pool on one node are exhausted.

I am wondering if this is by design, as clustered XA transactions must be quite expensive, surely. So maybe messages are only distributed to the other nodes when one nodes bean pool is exhausted. 

Please let me know if this is the correct behaviour, or what I should look at to correct the distribution.

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