I just want to share some tricky points which I encountered while developing communications between services in clustered environment.
There might be options out there but following 2 options are definitely available for you to use.
1) JMX Notifications
* Provide cluster wide notifications
You can send notification to only local listeners, only remote listeners or both.
Only thing you need to do is to implement NotificationListener interface and register your service for notification in the startService method.
addNotificationListener(NotificationListener, NotificationFilter, Object handBack);
2) Remote Procedure Call by using HAPartition. (If your service extends from HAServiceMBeanSupport, you will have access to underlying ClusterPartition instance)
Remote method call might be more helpful if you want to call a specific method on a specific node in the cluster. Underlying HAPartition provides you following methods as of JBoss 5. Please refer to API for details.
In order to make your service a RPC handler, you need to register it by calling
registerRPCHandler(String service_name, Object rpcHandler) on HAPartition.
If you are using jmx notifications as well RPCs, make sure service name you used to register your service as a RPC handler is different than actual service name.
The reason is that underlying HAServiceImpl's uses your actual service name to register its RPC handler as JMX Notification uses RPC behind the scene. (If Im not wrong method name is handleEvent.)
So you might ask what could happen if I register my service with original service name for RPC? Basically your service will not be getting any notifications from anywhere and in order to see what's happening you might need to change logging level to TRACE for jboss.
Note: If you are going to use instance of a custom class as data in your jmx notification, make sure that you are not using loader-repository element in jboss-app.xml.
If you used it, ClassNotFoundException will occur.
please let me know if anything is wrong.
You can use some other alternatives for JMX Notification such as registering underlying HAPartition with a BroadCasterName.