[jboss-user] [jBPM Development] New message: "How to submit modifications to jBPM BPEL source code?"

Carlos Oliveira do-not-reply at jboss.com
Thu Jan 28 12:44:35 EST 2010

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Author  : Carlos Oliveira
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I'm  from Brazil, and I work for CPqD, an enterprise who provides software solutions  and consultancy for the telecom and energy market.
About one year ago we choose to install and use jBPM BPEL (RiftSaw was not available by that time) to integrate some systems in the production environment of one of our customers, but a lot of changes were demanded to attend the high volume of processes and the performance requirements that the production environment demands. Every day thousands of processes are created and stay in execution for some days util they are finally finished, so performance, hardware resources consumption and reliability were our main  concerns.
To provide that, I have made a huge modification in the jBPM BPEL 1.1.1 source code, fixing bugs and doing a lot of otimizations and performance improvements. The modifications were tested by our team, and the result is running at  the production environment today, so the modification were very  successful.

Now we want to send the modified code to the jBPM BPEL project. I noticed that jBPM BPEL is not actively anymore. Is the source code still helpfull to you? How can I do that ? What is the procedure to be followed?
Here the list of modifications:

- The architecture based on JMS didn't support thousands of process instances in  receive state (tested with 50000 process), itcaused high memory  consumption (25GB) and several minutes waiting jboss to start to load all jms receivers (about 20 minutes  on a server with 12 cores and Oracle 10g). We removed JMS parts and altered to query the database when receiving a message to continue a process . This caused the  loss of  asynchronous messages which are not necessary for us. Another  solution will  be required if  someone needs to use of asynchronous messages.
-  Performance was degradated when executed hundreds of  processes at same time causing crashes on JBoss. AThreadPoolExecutor was added to SoapHandler.java to limit the number of  processes executing at same time.
- Added a class to  provide a central configuration for JBPM (ConfigurationManager.java), this  classes uses Jgroups to replicate configuration modifications on runtime.
-  Added static map (PROCESSES_IN_EXECUTION on JbpmContext.java) to provide a way  to the cluster doesn't execute the same process at the same time. JGroups was  added to support sending of messages between the machines to provide information  about which processes are running.
- Added support for 2nd level cache  cluster using EhCache and Jgroups, configuration on jbpm.hibernate.cfg.xml and  ehcache_jbpm.xml
- Inclusion of table JBPM_NODE_EXECUTED, to track the path a  process instance followed on bpel graph, we tried to use JBPM_TOKEN but it's  unpredictable and confuse to track a path.
- XMLs messages with quotes ( " and ' ) has several issues when parsing to and from xerces, the quotes are lost due  to the fact that XMLUtil.java encodes &amp; to &amp;amp;. This happens  with other characters (>, <, space, -, & and #). It was necessary to  modify ElementType.java to properly encode/unencode the xml files.
- Added  support to XSL transformations using javax.xml.transform.Transformer in  org.jbpm.bpel.sublang.xpath.cpqd.XSLTransformation file. The deploy of processes  was altered to include xsd files on table JBPM_BYTEBLOCK
- JBPM_JOB has a  design problem, it executes only one process by cycle, altered to execute as  many as necessary, each one in a transaction with crash recovery. Also added a  class to monitor 
- Use of JBPM_LOG was altered, studies of database growth  showed that this table was responsible for 30% of all database, so a  configuration was added to choose to log or not to log, see  DbLoggingService.java
- If a process crashes , the transaction  is rolled back depending on exception type so all the graph is lost and if the  process passed for a node that cannot be executed again the message can't be  resended. StartInstance and ResumeInstance was rewritten to provide means to  always save data.
- Added Xpath function to send email based on a xml with  the data (org.jbpm.bpel.sublang.xpath.cpqd.SendEmail)
- When assigning a node  that has several sub nodes with the same name, only the first node is assigned.  XPathEvaluator.java (method selectOrCreateNodes) was fixed.
- When copying  xmls nodes between different xmls namespace, the original namespaces are copied  also. XPathEvaluator.java was fixed.
- LockMonitorThread.java monitors when a  job is executing for a long time, but was not full implemented or used, it was  modified to properly monitor the jobs.
- ByteBlockChopper.java had  performance issues when glueing the chops because it created a new array for  each chop, altered to create only one initial array and glue the chops in the  right position. 
- Added class JbossWebDescriptorTool.java on  JBPM-BPEL-TOOLS, this class creates a jboss-web.xml to provide one context  (/jbpmservices) for all processes deployed.
- The .war file deployed does not  have version information, this causes the old processes instances crashs,  several classes of JBPM-BPEL-TOOLS was modified to provide version information on classes generated and file  names.
- On deploying a process definition create classes without using  namespace for packaging, it causes a crash because of confliting xml nodes with  the same name, modified to create packages for each namespace.
- Added column  STATE_ to JBPM_PROCESSDEFINITION table, the definition is put in a activing  state when deploying, so a process can be deployed with jbpm in use and the  users can not access it until .war file is fully deployed.
- CatalogEntry is  cached when used for the first time, so an external web service address could  not be modified on runtime. The class was modified to support notification of  urls for all the process using the addresses on ServiceCatalog.java, even in  cluster.


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