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Status Not under consideration
Workspace WebSphere Liberty
Created by Guest
Created on Apr 15, 2016

Liberty: Limit the number of pending requests

Our deployment has a web-services layer in Liberty connected to COBOL programs using JCICS. If the arrival rate of the requests is higher than the service rate of the servers the requests are queued in Liberty. If the clients time-out, the requests remain in the queue and they get processed by the server even though the clients are not waiting for the response. This can create a situation where the application cannot recover after a server slowdown. The problem is compounded by the fact that some of the clients retry after 30s which creates more pending requests. Even if the servers recover, the queue of pending requests may be too long to clear it in time. The only option at this time is to restart the Liberty server to clear the queue.

We are suggesting to have an attribute of the HTTP endpoint called maxPendingRequests which will limit the number of pending requests. Another option is to check that a pending request has a client listening before trying to start the thread for that request.

Idea priority Medium
RFE ID 86940
RFE Product WebSphere Application Server
  • Admin
    Graham Charters
    May 28, 2021

    Thank you for the suggestion. The requirement does have merit, but looking at it with respect to our total backlog of requests we do not see sufficient interest in this enhancement to merit delivery any time in the foreseeable future. Given the unlikelihood that we would deliver this, we are declining the request rather than leaving it in an uncommitted state for an extended period of time. If you would like to discuss this decision further, please contact Michael C Thompson <>.

    As a mitigation, it may be possible to configure this as part of a front-end Web server, or using a ServletFilter.