2. Existing networking hardware can be used to support basic functions such as load-balancing and packetencryption for network transit.3. More resilient to network and firewall reconfigurations.4. More robust: servlet connections can be reestablished if network connections drop unexpectedly for Forms,Framework, and JSP-based pages.5. Is the only supported method for generic Oracle Forms customers, and therefore is more thoroughly testedby the Forms and E-Business Suite product groups.6. Performance traffic can be monitored via tools likeOracle Real User Experience Insight(RUEI).7. Socket mode is not supported on Windows-based server platforms.
Socket Mode Advantages
1. Uses up to 40% less bandwidth than Forms servlet mode. This may be perceived by Wide Area Network(WAN) users as causing slower responsiveness, depending upon network latency.2. Uses fewer application-tier JVM resources than servlet mode, due to fewer TCP turns and lack of overheadassociated with HTTP POST handling.
Switching Apps Deployments Between Modes
Due to its numerous advantages, Forms servlet mode is the preferred and recommended deployment model for Forms on the web.There may be circumstances where you need to switch between the default Forms modes. You might wish to switchyour Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 environment to socket mode to improve performance or reduce networkload. You might wish to switch your Apps 11i environment to servlet mode as part of your rollout to external web-based end-users outside of your organization.If you're running Apps 11i and would like to switch to servlet mode, see:
Using Forms Listener Servlet with Oracle Applications 11i(Note 201340.1)If you're running Apps 12 and would like to switch to socket mode, see:
Using Forms Socket Mode in Oracle Applications Release 12(Note 384241.1)
Tuning All Layers of the Oracle E-Business Suite(OpenWorld 2008 Recap)
Two Essential Tools for Diagnosing E-Business Suite Network Issues
Analyzing Memory vs Performance of Apps 11i and 12 Clients