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Cluster Information

One of the core concepts of GigaSpaces processing units is the fact that the clustering topology of the processing unit is determined at deployment time. Therefore, when building a processing unit, there is almost no need to be aware of the actual clustering topology with which the processing unit is deployed. However, in some cases you may want your processing unit to be aware of it. This mechanism is also used internally by the platform to maintain the clustering information when deploying a space for example.

Available Cluster Information

As mentioned above the cluster information is passed to the components of each processing unit instance via an instance of the org.openspaces.core.cluster.ClusterInfo class, which holds the following information:

Attribute Name Description Method
Cluster schema If the processing unit contains an embedded space, the cluster schema of that space getSchema()
Number of instances The number of instances of the processing unit. If the processing unit contains an embedded space, denotes the number of primary instances getNumberOfInstances()
Number of backups If the processing unit contains an embedded space with backups, denotes the number of backups per primary instance getNumberOfBackups()
Instance ID A value between 1 to numberOfInstances, denoting the instance ID of the processing unit instance getInstanceId()
Backup ID If the processing unit contains an embedded space with backups, a value between on 1 to numberOfBackups, denoting the backup ID of the processing instance. The primary instance ID which the processing unit instance is backing up is denoted by instanceId. If the processing unit instance is not a backup instance, null is returned getBackupId()
Running number A running number of the processing unit instance instance. Takes into account different topologies and provides a unique identifier (starting from 0) of the processing unit instance within the cluster getRunningNumber()

null value for one of these properties means that they are not applicable for the processing unit instance at hand or the used deployment topology.

Obtaining the Cluster Information

A ClusterInfo instance can be injected to the processing unit instances upon their creation. There are several ways to enable the injection:

  • Implementing the ClusterInfoAware interface. Any component (a bean in the Spring configuration) within the processing unit that implements this interface will be automatically injected with the ClusterInfo instance
  • Using the @ClusterInfoContext annotation. Fields of the processing unit components (beans in the Spring configuration) annotated with this annotation will be automatically injected with the ClusterInfo instance

Once injected, the processing unit components can access all the information within the ClusterInfo instance and cache it locally for later usage (by saving it as an instance variable for example).


GigaSpaces provides the ClusterInfoAware interface, which allows beans to be injected with the ClusterInfo instance. This is similar to Spring’s ApplicationContextAware interface, that allows beans to be injected with Spring’s ApplicationContext by implementing the interface. Here’s the ClusterInfoAware interface:

public interface ClusterInfoAware {

     * Sets the cluster information.
     * <p>Note, the cluster information is obtained externally from the application context which means
     * that this feature need to be supported by specific containers (and is not supported by plain
     * Spring application context). This means that beans that implement {@link ClusterInfoAware}
     * should take into account the fact that the cluster info provided might be null.
     * @param clusterInfo
     *            The cluster information to be injected
    void setClusterInfo(ClusterInfo clusterInfo);

All of the processing unit runtime modes provide support for the ClusterInfo and ClusterInfoAware interfaces by default. Built-in GigaSpaces components make use of this feature. User-defined beans can make use of this information as well (for example, to connect to a specific database based on the ID of the processing unit instance).


Similar to the the ClusterInfoAware interface, this field level annotation allows beans to be injected with the ClusterInfo instance. Here’s an example:

public class MyBean {

    private ClusterInfo clusterInfo;


Space Construction and ClusterInfo

The Space component implements the ClusterInfoAware, and uses it in order to construct an embedded space by mapping ClusterInfo properties to Space URL properties (if provided). Here is a mapping from ClusterInfo to Space URL properties:

ClusterInfo Space URL
ClusterInfo#getSchema cluster_schema
ClusterInfo#getNumberOfInstances total_members first value (before the comma)
ClusterInfo#getNumberOfBackups total_members second value (after the comma)
ClusterInfo#getInstanceId id
ClusterInfo#getBackupId backup_id

ClusterInfo XML Injection

When running the processing unit in any of the runtime modes, ClusterInfo can also be used directly within the Spring XML configuration. In a similar manner, properties can be injected. Here is an example of how this can be used:

<bean id="myBean" class="MyBean">
    <property name="connectionUrl" value="testconnection_${clusterInfo.runningNumber}" />

In the above example, the value of the connectionUrl property of myBean is built based on the runningNumber provided by the ClusterInfo instance. Here is a list mapping the ClusterInfo properties to their equivalent ${clusterInfo.*} syntax:

ClusterInfo Space URL
ClusterInfo#getSchema clusterInfo.schema
ClusterInfo#getNumberOfInstances clusterInfo.numberOfInstances
ClusterInfo#getNumberOfBackups clusterInfo.numberOfBackups
ClusterInfo#getInstanceId clusterInfo.instanceId
ClusterInfo#getBackupId clusterInfo.backupId
ClusterInfo#getRunningNumber clusterInfo.runningNumber
ClusterInfo#getRunningNumberOffest1 clusterInfo.runningNumberOffest1

Processing Unit Container Injection

Each of the runtime modes supports the injection of ClusterInfo. However, when running in standalone mode or within your IDE, the -cluster parameter controls the clustering aspects of the processing unit instance(s). Below is a list of the parameters you can specify for the standalone and IDE runtime modes, and how they are mapped the ClusterInfo properties:

Runtime Mode Maps to
schema clusterSchemaName ClusterInfo#setSchema
total_members numberOfInstances[,numberOfBackups] ClusterInfo#setNumberOfInstances, and optionally ClusterInfo#setNumberOfBackups
id instanceId ClusterInfo#setInstanceId
backup_id backupId ClusterInfo#setBackupId
See also:
For more details on how to use the -cluster option, see the processing unit runtime modes section