Zero Downtime, REST, Domain Partitions / Multi Tenancy, Elasticity and WLDF. WebLogic 12.2.1 (12c)

I just finished a two week long hands-on consulting session for some pretty experienced application managers and architects at one of Europe’s premier financial services institution.

In 5 days we explored WebLogic 12.2.1 extensively:

  • Zero Downtime
  • REST
  • Domain Partitions / Multi Tenancy
  • Resource Group Management
  • Java Mission Control
  • WLST
  • Elasticity
  • JMS Clustering
  • WLDF

 

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Here is some feedback from the group. You can tell we had fun, although we worked very hard.

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This is how a happy group looks like.

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People seemed to be happy, here is what they liked.

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For more details download the flyer from the Oracle WebLogic Server 12.2.1 (12c) course site.

Deploy with Deployment Plan (WebLogic 12.2.1)

You cannot deploy an application to WebLogic 12.2.1 and specify an arbitrary location for the deployment plan when using the admin console, but you can update a deployed application and specify the location of a deployment plan.

However, you can deploy an open directory with a app directory (containing, well, your app) and plan subdirectory (containing your deployment plan).

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Oracle Service Bus 12.2.1 JVM Settings: PermSize, Heap, Non-Heap, and ResourceManagement

Oracle Service Bus comes with JVM settings that cause questions to some customers. This posting provides answers to the most common questions I discussed in workshops or received so far.

Warning about PermSize Option

Question 1: “I see the following warning:

Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM warning: ignoring option PermSize=512m; support was removed in 8.0
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM warning: ignoring option MaxPermSize=1024m; support was removed in 8.0

Does that mean that Oracle generates the startup scripts with wrong JVM flags?”

Answer: With Oracle JVM 8 the permanent space was removed. Not having a perm space was a JRockit “feature” that has been ported over to the Oracle JVM. The warnings of course are harmless. Startup scripts for WebLogic only domains are generated correctly for WebLogic 12.2.1. So Oracle needs to change this for OSB domains and they know about it.

Heap Size

Question 2: “How big is Oracle Service Bus now? I used to be able to create and run a cluster on my laptop with earlier versions but now I run into resource problems.”

Answer: Default startup parameters are: -Xms1024m -Xmx2048m, i.e. minimum heap size is 1 GB, maximum heap size is 2 GB. Hence you should expect your process size to be larger than 1 GB right from the start.

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Roughly speaking after starting up a single OSB instance (everything hosted on the admin server), you should expect more than 400 Mb of heap used. Have a look at the screenshot above. The last drop in the first screenshot was caused by an external garbage collection request (I did it manually). In addition there is more than 500 Mb of non-heap used (100 Mb code cache and 400 Mb meta space, GC of course does not affect this area). This shows that 1GB as a minimum setting makes sense.

JVM ResourceManagement Flag

Question 3: “I see the following warning

<Feb 17, 2016 9:45:56 AM CET> <Info> <RCM> <BEA-2165021> <"ResourceManagement" is not enabled in this JVM. Enable "ResourceManagement" to use the WebLogic Server "Resource Consumption Management" feature. To enable "ResourceManagement", you must specify the following JVM options in the WebLogic Server instance in which the JVM runs: -XX:+UnlockCommercialFeatures -XX:+ResourceManagement.> 
Should I enable -XX:+ResourceManagement? Will it help to improve OSB 12c performance?"

Answer: You probably have read announcements that emphasize that OSB 12.2.1 is running on top of WebLogic 12.2.1 and WebLogic 12.2.1 supports a number of exciting new features. Nothing wrong with that, kind of marketing logic though.

It is important to understand that Oracle Service Bus 12.2.1 (and other up stack 12c products such as Oracle SOA Suite, Oracle BPM etc.) doesn’t use yet some really cool WebLogic 12.2.1 features such as domain partitioning or elastic cluster.

In short: Oracle JVM 8 resource management is used as a commercial feature together with G1 garbage collector to track JVM resource usage on the JVM level per partition. Based on the collected data about memory, file and thread usage WebLogic can then react and ensure that a WebLogic partition within one domain doesn’t steal too many resources from another partition. It’s important to understand that the magic (the reaction) happens in WebLogic and it’s based on the data provided by the JVM.

So will the -XX:+ResourceManagement setting improve OSB 12.2.1 performance? I’d say no. It will only have benefits when used with partions which are so far not supported by OSB 12.2.1.

 

 

Oracle Service Bus (OSB) for the Busy IT Profesional

Audience

Oracle Service Bus is one of these software products that haven’t changed much in their core since many years. These days I tend to see more and more OSB projects and one reason certainly is that license wise OSB is included with Oracle SOA Suite.

Compared to SOA Suite, OSB is conceptually different though. Even with a good understanding of SOA Suite (which I will cover in one of the following posts), there will be a slightly steep, but rather short learning curve for OSB.

The following recipes tries to motivate and explain the usage of OSB without the usual marketing hype. Make sure to read the previous posting about getting started with SOA in general and Oracle Fusion Middleware.

Technology

OSB is virtualizing service calls from clients to the service implementation. By using so called proxy and business services (both are components within OSB) incoming and outgoing requests can be arbitrarily connected and protocols can be converted. Proxy services contain the processing logic (validation, enrichment, transformation etc.).

Oracle Service Bus OSB Architecture

Download

If you are trying to get started with OSB, here is the link to download Oracle Service Bus Overview and Getting Started (PDF).

Enjoy!

PS. Actually this recipe is taken out of my book Oracle WebLogic Server 12c – Distinctive Recipes.

IOPS Quality of Service for Amazon EBS Cloud Storage

Define the pipe!

You can now have EBS optimized EC2 instances with e.g.  500 or 1000 Mbit/sec throughput to EBS.

According to AWS a standard EBS volume will cope with 100 IOPS on average allowing some burts. As I mentioned before there was plenty of complaints and discussion about EBS performance workarounds though. Here is the news: AWS is offering provisioned IOPS EBS volumes. You can create up to 20 TB of provisioned IOPS volumes with a total of 10,000 IOPS per AWS account (but apply to extend your AWS account for more).

Seems like a lovely idea for a db data file, doesn’t it?

Does that make you run your EBS I/O benchmark again? Let me know about the results!