Session Clustering with Terracotta
Jetty has been integrated with Terracotta, providing a great clustering solution.
Since Jetty 6.1.12, the Jetty-Terracotta integration has been rewritten to provide better performance.
The Jetty-Terracotta integration is not bundled by default; it must be built from sources following the instructions below.
- You need J2SE 1.5 or greater to build and run the Jetty-Terracotta integration.
- You need Jetty 6.1.12 or greater.
- You need to install Terracotta, we have tested Terracotta 2.6.4 or greater. We will refer to the installation directory as
- You need to download this Jetty TIM (Terracotta Integration Module).
We are working on an updated version of the official Jetty TIM and update the instructions when the new version of the official Jetty TIM is compatible with the current Jetty-Terracotta integration. The official Jetty TIM will be downloadable from the Terracotta Forge.
Unzip the Jetty TIM and copy
- Download and unzip a source bundle of Jetty 6.1.12 or greater from here. We will refer to the installation directory as
- Build it:
- Copy the target/jetty-terracotta-sessions-6.1.12.jar you just built into
Jetty Configuration Files
Configuring Jetty to use Terracotta consists of creating a single TerracottaSessionIdManager per Jetty instance to generate unique session ids, and then setting up a special TerracottaSessionManager per each webapp that you want to be clustered.
One TerracottaSessionIdManager is configured per Jetty instance to generate unique session ids. These are the relevant lines to add to add to a separate
The TerracottaSessionIdManager is stored as an attribute on the Server instance for later retrieval under the name
workerName is a unique name for the Jetty node. In the example above it is "node1" but you can use any naming scheme you'd like. This is useful when hardware components such as load balancers can "stick" the requests to the same node to improve performances by limiting the session migrations among nodes.
Each web application whose sessions you want to cluster must use a TerracottaSessionManager instead of the default HashSessionManager.
The easiest way to do this is to create individual context deployer config files for each web application, and include these lines:
These lines ensure that a TerracottaSessionManager is established for each web application, and has access to the Jetty instance's unique TerracottaSessionIdManager we configured above.
Terracotta Configuration File
You need one Terracotta configuration file for each Jetty instance.
In the Terracotta configuration file, part of the configuration is needed to setup correctly the Jetty-Terracotta integration, and the rest of the configuration is needed to setup the Terracotta server and the web applications.
The base Terracotta Configuration File
The base Terracotta configuration file that sets up the Jetty-Terracotta integration is the following:
You can create a Terracotta configuration file wherever you prefer in the file system. The file will be referenced by path in a system property to be passed on the command line (see below).
Copy and paste the example file content above into, for example,
Modifications to the Terracotta Configuration File
There are few places that needs to be modified in order for the Terracotta configuration file to correctly cluster your web application.
- Modify the location of the Terracotta server.
The server element has the
hostattribute that needs to be modified to point to the host name or host address of the Terracotta server. In most simple configurations this can be the local host, but in more advanced configurations the Terracotta server is deployed in a separate host.
- Instrumented classes includes
If you web application puts in the HTTP session only instances of JDK available classes (such as
java.lang.String), then you do not need the instrumented-classes element.
In case your web application puts in the HTTP session instances of classes belonging to the web application (such as a domain
com.acme.domain.Userclass), then you need to specify also those classes as instrumented, for example: You can also specify class expressions to match multiple classes, as specified here.
- Web application contexts
You do not need to specify the context path at which the web application is configured, by defining the
web-applicationelements in the Terracotta configuration file, since the intention of clustering a context is already specified in the Jetty context configuration file.
Starting Terracotta and Jetty
The final steps require to start the Terracotta server and the Jetty servers.
- Start the Terracotta server (in one console)
- Start the Jetty instance (in another console)
$JETTY_HOME/tc-config.xml, and that the Jetty configuration file
jetty-terracotta.xmlis in its usual location under
Repeat this step for all Jetty nodes and you are done.
The command line above assumes that the Terracotta configuration file has been saved to
Do not forget to change the
workerName of the TerracottaSessionIdManager in each node you deploy (this is to help other hardware devices such as load balancers).
You can inspect that the clustering is working by starting the Terracotta administration console:
You should see one root named "sessionIds" and 2 roots for each web application named "sessionData:<context>:<vhost>" and "sessionExpirations:<context>:<vhost>".