Re: JMS vs Sockets -- bandwidth, size, speed, etc.

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Wed, 26 Dec 2012 19:00:57 -0500
On 12/26/2012 4:26 PM, me2 wrote:

I am a newbie to JMS and would appreciate some advice.

Has anyone compared JMS to socket programming? If I have N number of
clients that need to connect to and send messages to 1 server, what
is the comparison? I would guess that sockets--direct from a client
to the server--would be the fastest for speed and maybe take the
least bandwidth. But I would expect that there would only be
negligible size increases for the JMS overhead once the connection
was established and I would expect that a pub-sub topic would be able
to smoke through sending the N number of clients messages, rather
than loop through the connections/sockets and sending the message to
each of them.

Has anyone else looked at this? I'm going through the exercise to
set up a JMS server, but I thought maybe someone else could point me
in the right direction.

If you are moving data between two systems connected via
a TCP/IP network, then you will be using sockets.

So the question is whether to use socket API or JMS API.
A third option would be RMI.

It is obvious that adding layers on top of sockets can
not produce something faster than optimal usage of
sockets. There will be somewhere between utterly insignificant
and completely devastating overhead by adding an extra layer.

If you want to know for sure then measure in your specific

But I am surprised that you only seem to focus on
the performance aspect.

The differences in functionality provided seem
much more important to me.

async only or also sync request-response?
Java SE daemon or Java EE app as server?
support for non-Java clients or servers?
need for transactions?
need for redundancy?


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