JBossSerialization is a new approach to java-serialization.

We (java developers) have accepted over the years java.io.ObjectInputStream & java.io.ObjectOutputStream being slow when dealing with writeObject operations.
We then started using Externalizable objects as a faster approach for serialization, but even that way was slow when using writeObject operations inside externalizable classes.

Recently we discovered that most of the problems in JavaSerialization are related to static synchronized caching, what causes CPU spikes and also diminishes scaling capabilities.

With JBossSerialization we have done internal benchmarks and we have realized at least 2 times faster serialization with this library. These benchmarks are commited into our CVS repository (as testcases) and they are publicly available.

The main feature in JBossSerialization besides performance, is Smart Cloning.

Smart cloning is the capability of the reuse of final fields among different class loaders doing exactly what serialization does, without the need of convert every field into a byteArray.
This approach is at least 10 times faster than using serialization over a byte array.

Using JBossSerialization is very simple:

Instead of instantiating ObjectOutputStream and ObjectInputStream, you would instantiate JBossObjectInputStream and JBossObjectOutputStream (org.jboss.serial.io). You will also have to add jboss-serialization.jar to your classpath.

Everything from the specification is then respected.

The only exceptions are:

  1. We are using a different protocol as we are focusing in performance (e.g. Smart Cloning ), so that requires the object being serialized and deserialized with JBossSerialization classes.
  2. You can serialize classes that are not implementing Serializable, although that's a feature as you can enable that checking.

It works on Java 1.4 and beyond.

JBossSerialization is distributed under LGPL and the source code is available at JBoss SVN.


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