I just released JGroups 2.12.0.Final, which will be the last minor release on the 2.x branch. (There won't be a 2.13; bug fixes will go into 2.12.x).
Time difference: 9 years and change...:-)
I'm still investigating why it took me so long !
Anyway, 2.12.0.Final is here and it is an important release, as it will be shipped in Infinispan 4.2.1 and JBoss 6.
Below are the major features and bug fixes.
On to 3.0 !
Release Notes JGroups 2.12
JGroups 2.12 is API-backwards compatible with previous versions (down to 2.2.7).
RELAY: connecting local (autonomous) clusters into a large virtual cluster
A new protocol to connect 2 geographically separate sites into 1 large virtual cluster. The local clusters are
completely autonomous, but RELAY makes them appear as if they were one.
This can for example be used to implement geographic failover
LockService: a new distributed locking service
New distributed lock service, offering a java.util.concurrent.lock.Lock implementation (including conditions)
providing cluster wide locks.
New implementation of java.util.concurrent.ExecutorService over JGroups (contributed by William Burns).
Read the documentation at www.jgroups.org for details.
BPING (Broadcast Ping): new discovery protocol based on broadcasting
This is mainly used for discovery of JGroups on Android based phones. Apparently, IP multicasting is not correctly implemented / supported on Android (2.1), and so we have to resort to UPD broadcasting.
JDBC_PING: new discovery protocol using a shared database
All nodes use a shared DB (e.g. RDS on EC2) to place their location information into, and to read information from.
Thanks to Sanne for coming up with the idea and for implementing this !
Additional infos are on the wiki: community.jboss.org/wiki/JDBCPING
FD_SOCK: ability to pick the bind address and port for the client socket
Pluggable address generation
Address generation is now pluggable; JChannel.setAddressGenerator(AddressGenerator) allows for generation of specific implementations of Address. This can for example be used to pass additional information along with every address. Currently used by RELAY to pass the name of the sub cluster around with a UUID.
NAKACK: retransmitted messages don't need to be wrapped
Not serializing retransmitted messages at the retransmitter and deserializing them at the requester saves
1 serialization and 1 deserialization per retransmitted message.
Various optimizations to reduce locking in NakReceiverWindow:
- Use of RetransmitTable (array-based matrix) rather than HashMap (reduced memory need, reduced locking, compaction)
- Removal of double locking
NAKACK: incorrect digest on merge and state transfer
When calling JChannel.getState() on a merge, the fetched state would overwrite the digest incorrectly.
AUTH: merge can bypass authorization
AUTH would not check creds of other members in case of a merge. This allowed an unauthorized node to join a cluster by triggering a merge.
Custom SocketFactory ignored
Despite setting a custom SocketFactory, it was ignored.
UFC: crash of depleted member could hang node
Causing it to wait forever for credits from the crashed member.
Flow control: crash of member doesn't unblock sender
When a sender block on P sending credits, and P crashes before being able to send credits,
the sender blocks indefinitely.
UNICAST2: incorrect delivery order under stress
UNICAST2 could (in rare cases) deliver messages in incorrect order. Fixed by using the same (proven)
algorithm as NAKACK.
Incorrect conversion of TimeUnit if MILLISECONDS were not used
Check if bind_addr is correct
JGroups now verifies that the bind address is indeed a valid IP address: it has to be either the wildcard
address (0.0.0.0) or an address of a network interface that is up.
ENCRYPT: sym_provider ignored
Property sym_provider is ignored
The manual is online at http://www.jgroups.org/manual/html/index.html
The complete list of features and bug fixes can be found at http://jira.jboss.com/jira/browse/JGRP.
Download the new release at https://sourceforge.net/projects/javagroups/files/JGroups/2.12.0.Final.
Bela Ban, Kreuzlingen, Switzerland
Vladimir Blagojevic, Toronto, Canada
Richard Achmatowicz, Toronto, Canada
Sanne Grinovero, Newcastle, Great Britain