Program guide > (deprecated) Partitioning facility > Partitions

Deprecated feature: The partitioning facility (WPF) feature is deprecated. You can configure partitioning with WebSphere eXtreme Scale.

Partition life cycle

Partitions are by default highly available. A partition will only be hosted on a single cluster member at a time. They are made highly available using the high availability (HA) manager component. If a cluster member fails either because of a Java™ Virtual Machine (JVM) shutdown, a JVM panic or the box hosting the cluster member fails/gets powered down then the HA manager moves all partitions which were running on the failed cluster members to the surviving cluster members.

The following are the state transitions a partition will encounter as member of a HA group.


Partition is currently deactivated and waiting for an activation command, a partition is in this state at the Bean start during server startup after the createPartitionDefinition method until the PartitionLoadEvent API is called by the HA manager coordinator.


The HA manager is attempting to activate the partition but has not been acknowledged yet, this is in effect during the PSSB PartitionLoadEvent method execution.


This means the partition currently activate and working. The PartitionLoadEvent event has completed. This state implies that the HA manager has picked a target application server for this partition, it is active and ready to process methods, and the workload management layer has enabled for client to route requests to the particular application server associated with the specific partition.


This means the partition cannot become an active member while still part of the group. This is a failure state.


The partition received a deactivate signal and is still deactivating. This occurs while the PartitionUnloadEvent method executes in the partitioned stateless session bean (PSSB) for this partition. The partition then returns to IDLE and the HA manager signals the activate coordinator managing that group and provides a copy of the current local state.

Group member valid state transitions

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