Network Deployment (Distributed operating systems), v8.0 > Establishing high availability > High availability manager

Core groups (high availability domains)

A core group is a high availability domain that consists of a set of processes in the same cell that can directly establish high availability relationships. Highly available components can only fail over to another process in the same core group and replication can occur only between members of the same core group.

A cell must contain at least one core group, although multiple core groups are supported. Each core group contains a core group coordinator to manage its high availability relationships, and a set of high availability policies that are used to manage the highly available components within that core group.

Core group members

Every dmgr, node agent, application server, and proxy server is a member of a core group. When a process is created it is automatically added to a core group. The core group membership is stored in a product configuration document. We can move processes from one core group to another. The following rules govern the core group membership:

A core group member has a well-defined life cycle. When the first core group member starts, the transport that is dedicated to that core group automatically starts. The Discovery Protocol, View Synchrony Protocol, and Failure Detection Protocol for that core group member also start and run for the entire lifetime of the core group member:

Core group coordinator

The core group coordinator is responsible for coordinating high availability activities between the core group members for which View Synchrony Protocol is established.

Core group transport

Network communication between all the members of a core group is essential. The network environment must consist of a fast local area network (LAN) with full Internet Protocol (IP) visibility and bidirectional communication between all core group members. Each core group member must be able to receive communications from any of the other core group members.

Multiple core groups

A cell, by default, contains a single core group, called DefaultCoreGroup. All processes in the cell are initially members of this core group. A single core group is usually sufficient. However, some topologies or special circumstances require multiple core groups. There are also topologies that do not require multiple core groups but having them is a good practice. For example, you might want to define multiple core groups if :

If members of different core groups need to share workload management or on-demand configuration routing information, use the core group bridge service to connect these core groups. The core group bridge service uses access point groups to connect the core groups. A core group access point defines a set of bridge interfaces that resolve to IP addresses and ports. The core group bridge service uses this set of bridge interfaces to enable members of one core group to communicate with members of another core group.


Core group migration considerations
Core group coordinator
Core group administration considerations
Core group scaling considerations
Core group View Synchrony Protocol
Core group discovery and failure detection protocols
Core group protocol versions
Core group transports
Core group communications using the core group bridge service
High availability manager
Policies for service integration
Change the number of core group coordinators
Configure core group preferred coordinators
Configure the default Discovery Protocol for a core group
Configure the default Failure Detection Protocol for a core group
Configure a core group transport
Create a new core group (high availability domain)
Move core group members
Configure a core group policy for messaging engines


Best practices for large WebSphere topologies (PDF)


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