Hi Ralph,

A session is intended to be a long-lived, i.e., application-scoped object. You only need one session per cluster. I think what you are doing with the @Singleton is fine. In my opinion though, EJB really does not offer much value when working with Cassandra. I would be inclined to just use CDI.



On Tue, Jun 11, 2019 at 5:38 PM Ralph Soika <ralph.soika@imixs.com> wrote:

I have a question concerning the Cassandra DataStax Java Driver in combination with Java EE and EJBs.

I have implemented a Rest Service API based on Java EE8. In my application I have for example a jax-rs rest resource to write data into cassandra cluster. My first approach was to create in each method call

  1.  a new Casssandra Cluster and Session object,
  2.  write my data into cassandra
  3.  and finally close the session and the cluster object.

This works but it takes a lot of time (2-3 seconds) until the cluster object / session is opened for each request.

 So my second approach is now a @Singleton EJB providing the session object for my jax-rs resources. My service implementation to hold the Session object looks something like this:

public class ClusterService {
    private Cluster cluster;
    private Session session;

    private void init() throws ArchiveException {
        session = initArchiveSession();

    private void tearDown() throws ArchiveException {
        // close session and cluster object
        if (session != null) {
        if (cluster != null) {
    public Session getSession() {
        if (session==null) {
            try {
            } catch (ArchiveException e) {
                logger.warning("unable to get falid session: " + e.getMessage());
        return session;



And my rest service calls now looking like this:

public class ArchiveRestService {

    ClusterService clusterService;

    @Consumes({ MediaType.APPLICATION_XML, MediaType.TEXT_XML })
    public Response postData(XMLDocument xmlDocument) {
        Session session = clusterService.getSession();

The result is now a super-fast behavior! Seems to be clear because my rest service no longer need to open a new session for each request.

My question is: Is this approach with a @Singleton ClusterService EJB valid or is there something I should avoid?
As far as I can see this works pretty fine and is really fast. I am running the application on a Wildfly 15 server which is Java EE8.

Thanks for your comments



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