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GridGain.NET and Platform Interoperability

GridGain allows different platforms, such as .NET, Java and C++, to interoperate with each other. Classes and objects defined and written to Ignite by one platform can be read and used by another platform.


To achieve interoperability Ignite writes objects using the common binary format. This format encodes object type and fields using integer identifiers.

To transform an object’s type and field names to an integer value, Ignite passes them through two stage:

  • Name transformation: full type name and field names are passed to IBinaryNameMapper interface and converted to some common form.

  • ID transformation: resulting strings are passed to IBinaryIdMapper to produce either type ID or field ID.

Mappers can be set either globally in BinaryConfiguration or for concrete type in BinaryTypeConfiguration.

Java has the same interfaces BinaryNameMapper and BinaryIdMapper. They are set on BinaryConfiguration or BinaryTypeConfiguration.

Default Behavior

NET and Java types must map to the same type ID and relevant fields must map to the same field ID.

The .NET part of GridGain.NET applies the following conversions by default:

  • Name transformation: the System.Type.FullName property for non-generics types; field or property name is unchanged.

  • ID transformation: names are converted to lower case and then ID is calculated in the same way as in the java.lang.String.hashCode() method in Java.

The Java part of GridGain.NET applies the following conversions by default:

  • Name transformation: the Class.getName() method to get class name; field name is unchanged.

  • ID transformation: names are converted to lower case and then java.lang.String.hashCode() is used to calculate IDs.

For example, the following two types will automatically map to each other, if they are outside namespaces (.NET) and packages (Java):

class Person
    public int Id { get; set; }
    public string Name { get; set; }
    public byte[] Data { get; set; }
class Person
    public int id;
    public String name;
    public byte[] data;

However, the types are normally within some namespace or package. And naming conventions for packages and namespaces differ in Java and .NET. It may be problematic to have .NET namespace be the same as Java package.

Simple name mapper (which ignores namespace) can be used to avoid this problem. It should be configured both for .NET and Java:

<bean id="grid.cfg" class="org.apache.ignite.configuration.IgniteConfiguration">
    <property name="binaryConfiguration">
        <bean class="org.apache.ignite.configuration.BinaryConfiguration">
            <property name="nameMapper">
                <bean class="org.apache.ignite.binary.BinaryBasicNameMapper">
                    <property name="simpleName" value="true"/>
var cfg = new IgniteConfiguration
  BinaryConfiguration = new BinaryConfiguration
    NameMapper = new BinaryBasicNameMapper {IsSimpleName = true}
    <nameMapper type="Apache.Ignite.Core.Binary.BinaryBasicNameMapper, Apache.Ignite.Core" isSimpleName="true" />

Types Compatibility

C# Java



byte (*), sbyte


short, ushort (*)


int, uint (*)


long, ulong (*)









java.math.BigDecimal (**)






java.util.Date, java.sql.Timestamp

* byte, ushort, uint, ulong do not have Java counterparts, and are mapped directly byte-by-byte (no range check). For example, byte value of 200 in C# will result in signed byte value of -56 in Java.

** Java BigDecimal has arbitrary size and precision, while C# decimal is fixed to 16 bytes and 28-29 digit precision. GridGain.NET will throw BinaryObjectException if a BigDecimal value does not fit into decimal on deserialization.

Enum - In Ignite, Java writeEnum can only write ordinal values, but in .NET you can assign any number to the enumValue. So, note that any custom enum-to-primitive value bindings are not taken into account.

Collection Compatibility

Arrays of simple types (from the table above) and arrays of objects are interoperable in all cases. For all other collections and arrays default behavior (with reflective serialization or IBinaryWriter.WriteObject) in GridGain.NET is to use BinaryFormatter, and the result can not be read by Java code (this is done to properly support generics). To write collections in interoperable format, implement 'IBinarizable' interface and use IBinaryWriter.WriteCollection, IBinaryWriter.WriteDictionary, IBinaryReader.ReadCollection, `IBinaryReader.ReadDictionary`methods.

Nullable Primitive Types

The BinaryConfiguration.UnwrapNullablePrimitiveTypes flag, when on, changes the .NET behavior to match that of Java when writing object fields of nullable primitive types. By default, .NET defines such fields as object, which causes incompatibility with Java that defines them as a specific type, such as int.

The BinaryConfiguration.UnwrapNullablePrimitiveTypes flag is off by default, and this fact is reflected by a warning in the log. We recommend setting this flag on.

Mixed-Platform Clusters

Ignite, GridGain.NET and Ignite.C++ nodes can join the same cluster

All platforms are built on top of Java, so any node can execute Java computations. However, .NET and C++ computations can be executed only by corresponding nodes.

The following GridGain.NET functionality is not supported when there is at least one non-.NET node in the cluster:

  • Scan Queries with filter

  • Continuous Queries with filter

  • ICache.Invoke methods

  • ICache.LoadCache with filter

  • IMessaging.RemoteListen

  • IEvents.RemoteQuery

Blog post with detailed walk-through: Multi-Platform Ignite Cluster: Java + .NET

Compute in Mixed-Platform Clusters

The ICompute.ExecuteJavaTask methods work without limitations in any cluster. Other ICompute methods will execute closures only on .NET nodes.