Getting Started with Terracotta


In this small post we shall explore Terracotta, a leading pure Java Scalability platform. The discussion is based on the AtomicInteger example from Terracotta site, which shows how to implement a Cluster wide id generator (Actually it’s the Sequencer example, but to keep my steps simple had used AtomicInteger). The reason why I choose this example was coz of a very similar requirement that I had to implement in Clustered J2EE application.
Terracotta is well known and needs no introduction 🙂

About problem Statement

Well, I needed a simple solution to have
• Cluster wide unique id’s
• Less frequent access to these id’s
• Optional Persistence

NOTE: Please note that the current example is slightly modified version of example from


To run this example, you need to have following installed
• Terracotta
• And JDK offcourse 🙂
Let’s take a look at the sample code first

import java.util.concurrent.atomic.*;

public class IdGenerator

private AtomicInteger masterCounter = new AtomicInteger(0);

private AtomicInteger slaveCounter = new AtomicInteger(1024);

public int getNewMasterId()
int newId = masterCounter.getAndIncrement();
System.out.println("Master Id is: " + newId);
return newId;

public int getNewSlaveId()
int slaveId = slaveCounter.getAndIncrement();
System.out.println("Slave Id is: " + slaveId);
return slaveId;

public static void main(String[] args)
new IdGenerator().getNewMasterId();

The code has two fields ids master and slave, of which master id need to be unique cluster wide. The code is pretty straight forward, and there is nothing to explain. The id’s are generated by simple getAndIncrement() API.

Lets see the tc-config.xml

<tc:tc-config xmlns:tc=""


Since only master Id needed to be unique in this case, hence the configuration

Let’s look at the deployment architecture

Deployment Architecture

Deployment Architecture

The application was to run on 3 nodes (3 JVM’s on same machine) and one Terracotta server running.
Before we get into running this application, lets take a look at some useful scripts provided by Terracotta
dso-java (bat|sh) – startup script that bootstraps Terracotta libraries to your application
start-tc-server (bat|sh) – Script to start Terracotta Server. It is mandatory to start Terracotta Server before running Clients

Let’s run the application
1. Compile the application. There is no dependency on TC libraries.
2. First Start the terracotta Server using script start-tc-server
3. Run 3 separate JVM with command “dso-java IdGenerator”
That’s it. Our first application is running. If we observe the console output, you can see that we have unique id’s for each invocation.


Source code for Terracotta examples –

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