Essential Components of Terracotta based Application


How does a Terracotta Application look like? What are the essential components that make up the application? These were the question I had after writing my first post “Getting Started with Terracotta”. Here I try to take a quick look at these questions from a Users point of view. Please note that this post doesn’t try to dive deep into Terracotta inner working.

Components of Terracotta based Application

Components of Terracotta based Application

To keep life simple, have considered the general application architecture, which essentially can be any Terracotta app. From the figure we can see that we have four different parts that contribute to a complete Terracotta app.

User Application – These are applications that want to use Terracotta to Scale. They can either use Terracotta transparently or can use explicit Terracotta API’s

Terracotta Server – It’s the nerve center. Terracotta applications can’t run without it. For running any TC application, it’s a must to run atleast one TC Server.

Terracotta config file – Also known as tc-config.xml (default name). It provides the detailed configuration for Server as well as Client. It contains information like Server’s IP’s, persistence mode, classes to instrument etc.

Terracotta Libraries – These are essentially part of Client or User applications. They are the work horses of the running application and enables Terracotta integration with User application. An example would be dso-java.bat script adds the Terracotta bootjars to the classpath, enabling Terracotta features for the application.

So how does it all fit together at runtime

  • Start Terracotta Server, providing a configuration file with desired configuration
  • Start User Application using dso-java.(bat|sh) instead of normal java, along with a configuration file
  • That’s it 🙂

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