JBoR: Will it cluster?
29 September 2008
JBoss on Rails will indeed cluster!
After modifying and dropping my jboss-rails.deployer into an 'all' configured server of JBoss AS 5, and firing up 3 instances on my localhost (non-trivial on OSX...):
10:43:28,409 INFO [RPCManagerImpl] Received new cluster view: [127.0.0.10:63740|2] [127.0.0.10:63740, 127.0.0.11:63747, 127.0.0.12:63749] 10:43:28,435 INFO [RPCManagerImpl] Cache local address is 127.0.0.12:63749 10:43:28,469 INFO [ComponentRegistry] JBoss Cache version: JBossCache 'Poblano' 2.2.0.GA
And I've got 3 nodes running the same Rails app, all sharing a cookie and a JBossCache cache. Nick Sieger's JRuby-Rack handles binding the Rails session to the actual servlet session, and JBossCache takes care of the rest.
A little 8-line perl round-robinning load-balancer is wired up through mod_rewrite in my Apache httpd.conf to throw requests to each of the nodes. Anything set in the session is immediately available at the next request which lands at a different node.
Further down the line, we can look at a clustered cache for caching AR models and view fragments. Not too shabby.
It should be fairly easy to create a nice Amazon EC2 AMI with Fedora+AS5+jboss-rails, plus some better Rake/capistrano tasks, and make for quick cluster deployment. Any EC2 experts wanting to jump in?