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In today's world of larger-then-ever software applications, users still expect real-time data and software that can process data at blazing speeds. With the advent of broadband access, users have grown accustomed to receiving responses in seconds, irrespective of how much data the server handles. It is becoming increasingly important for Web applications to provide as short response times as possible. The most obvious and simple way to improve a Website's performance is by scaling up hardware. But scaling the hardware does not work in all cases and is definitely not the most cost-effective approach. Other solutions can improve performance, without extra costs for the hardware. This article provides some suggestions that prove helpful when trying to maximize a J2EE Web application's performance.
If you decide to try this article's recommendations, keep in mind this article provides suggestions only. Performance tuning is as much an art as it is a science. Changes that often result in improvement might not make any difference in some cases, or, in rare scenarios, they can result in degradation. For best results with performance tuning, take a holistic approach.
Figure 1 illustrates at a broad level how a J2EE application appears when deployed in a production environment. To get the best performance from a J2EE application, all the underlying layers must be tuned, including the application itself.
Figure 1. J2EE application architecture. Click on thumbnail to view full-sized image.
For maximum performance, all the components in Figure 1—operating system, Web server, application server, and so on—need to be optimized. This article will give a glimpse into tuning a J2EE application server, Web server, relational database, and your J2EE application. For maximum payoff from this article, follow these guidelines:
The goal of performance tuning is to identify bottlenecks and remove them. It is an iterative process. Once one area of the application improves, another area will become a bottleneck. You must repeat the cyclic process of first identifying the bottleneck, then resolving the bottleneck, then identifying the next bottleneck until the desired goal has been reached. You will need two kinds of tools that prove helpful in this process. First, you need stress tools that generate load for your application. Second, you need monitoring tools that collect data for various performance indicators.
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