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MINA is a simple yet full-featured network application framework which provides:

  • Unified API for various transport types:
    • TCP/IP & UDP/IP via Java NIO
    • Serial communication (RS232) via RXTX
    • In-VM pipe communication
    • You can implement your own!
  • Filter interface as an extension point; similar to Servlet filters
  • Low-level and high-level API:
    • Low-level: uses ByteBuffers
    • High-level: uses user-defined message objects and codecs
  • Highly customizable thread model:
    • Single thread
    • One thread pool
    • More than one thread pools (i.e. SEDA)
  • Out-of-the-box SSL · TLS · StartTLS support using Java 5 SSLEngine
  • Overload shielding & traffic throttling
  • Unit testability using mock objects
  • JMX managability
  • Stream-based I/O support via StreamIoHandler
  • Integration with well known containers such as PicoContainer and Spring
  • Smooth migration from Netty, an ancestor of Apache MINA.
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