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19.4. Discovery Protocols

The cluster needs to maintain a list of current member nodes at all times so that the load balancer and client interceptor know how to route their requests. Discovery protocols are used to discover active nodes in the cluster and detect the oldest member of the cluster, which is the coordinator. All initial nodes are discovered when the cluster starts up. When a new node joins the cluster later, it is only discovered after the group membership protocol (GMS, see Section 19.7.1, “Group Membership”) admits it into the group.

Since the discovery protocols sit on top of the transport protocol, you can choose to use different discovery protocols based on your transport protocol. These are also configured as sub-elements in the JGroups MBean Config element.