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From "james strachan (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Commented: (AMQ-855) Add support for prefetchSize = 0
Date Wed, 09 Aug 2006 07:54:23 GMT
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james strachan commented on AMQ-855:

Andrew I just commented on this thread on why a prefetch of 1 is the lowest possible value
to have while still fully implementing the JMS spec...

A few further comments...

> Now, you could in theory hack together a "pull" model by setting prefetch size = 0, so
that basically each ack is a request for the next message

Thats a prefetch of 1. With a prefetch of zero no messages would be dispatched so there could
be no ack :)

> Systems like this need to be designed under the assumption that clients will not behave
> They will deadlock themselves, slow down arbitrarily, boxes will go up and down, etc.

> These things happen all the time in real life and shouldn't have adverse effects on other,
well-behaved consumers.

This is a valid problem - a badly behaving consumer can hog a message. However changing from
a push to pull model or having prefetch of 0 or 1 will not change this. A hogged message is
a hogged message however the consumer manages to get the message (pull or push).

e.g. if we did implement prefetch of zero - which means don't deliver a message to a consumer
at all - unless they perform a consumer.receive() - even then, the consumer could then hang/deadlock
and never actually acknowledge or process the message.

The workaround to this is to just kill consumers if they take too long to process a message
- see this JIRA which I think what you really need

> Add support for prefetchSize = 0
> --------------------------------
>                 Key: AMQ-855
>                 URL:
>             Project: ActiveMQ
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>          Components: Broker
>    Affects Versions: 4.0, 4.0.1, 4.0.2
>         Environment: any
>            Reporter: Vadim Pesochinskiy
>            Priority: Critical
>             Fix For: 4.2
> This feature would enable to support following test case:
> 2 servers are processing 3 submitted jobs with following processing times 10 min, 1 min,
1 min. This sequence should finish in 10 minutes as one service will pick up the 10 minutes
job, meanwhile the other one should manage the two 1 minute jobs. Since I cannot set prefetchSize=0,
one of the 1 minute jobs is sitting in prefetch buffer and the jobs are processed in 11 minutes
instead of 10.
> This is simplification of the real scenario where I have about 30 consumers submitting
jobs to 20 consumers through AMQ 4.0.1. I have following problems:
> • Messages are sitting in prefetch buffer are not available to processors, which results
in a lot of idle time.
> • Order of processing is random. For some reason Job # 20 is processed after Job # 1500.
Since senders are synchronously blocked this can result in time-outs.
> • Some requests are real-time, i.e. there is a user waiting, so the system cannot wait,
so AMQ-850 does not fix this issue.

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