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Why all EnterpriseBean are Serializable ??

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Does any body know why all the EJB are Serializable. As the actual enterprise doen't need be RMI-IIOP compliant.
As long as I know it may be required during passivation and activation
But EJB specification doesn't mandate to use serialization as the only mechanism for pass/activation. Is there any other reason to for following

public interface EnterpriseBean extends Serializable

Would be grateful , if any body can throw some light

Thanks in advance
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