8.2. HttpSession Passivation and Activation

8.2.1. About HTTP Session Passivation and Activation

Passivation is the process of controlling memory usage by removing relatively unused sessions from memory while storing them in persistent storage.
Activation is when passivated data is retrieved from persisted storage and put back into memory.
Passivation occurs at three different times in a HTTP session's lifetime:
  • When the container requests the creation of a new session, if the number of currently active session exceeds a configurable limit, the server attempts to passivate some sessions to make room for the new one.
  • Periodically, at a configured interval, a background task checks to see if sessions should be passivated.
  • When a web application is deployed and a backup copy of sessions active on other servers is acquired by the newly deploying web application's session manager, sessions may be passivated.
A session is passivated if it meets the following conditions:
  • The session has not been in use for longer than a configurable maximum idle time.
  • The number of active sessions exceeds a configurable maximum and the session has not been in use for longer than a configurable minimum idle time.
Sessions are always passivated using a Least Recently Used (LRU) algorithm.