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From "Victor Downs (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Created: (AXIS2-4974) Unnecesary JAXBContext creation during request processing
Date Mon, 07 Mar 2011 18:03:59 GMT
Unnecesary JAXBContext creation during request processing

                 Key: AXIS2-4974
             Project: Axis2
          Issue Type: Bug
          Components: jaxws
    Affects Versions: 1.5.2
         Environment: Axis2-jaxws
            Reporter: Victor Downs

Here at my job we've been using Axis2 since version 1.4.1

During the design phase of our last project we decided to try JAXWS. The project is now in
production, but users reported slower performance overall compared to previous versions of
the same service. Another colleage reengineered the project to use ADB and tested it, obtaining
a performance increase of 10x (!!). Unfortunately we cannot revert to ADB since both ADB and
JAXWS generate the WSDL with slight (but incompatible) differences, which would require a
code re-write on the clients' side.

Long story short, I profiled the application and noticed that a new JAXBContext was instantiated
about 4 times per client request, consuming about 60% of CPU time, so I downloaded and debugged
the axis2-jaxws module, finding what I think is a bug on the JAXBContext cache handling code.

Around linke 272 of JAXBUtils class we find this (comments are mine):

/*272*/                        softRef2 = jaxbMap.get(validPackagesKey); // Get validPackagesKey
from cache
/*273*/                        if (softRef2 != null) { // Key found?
/*274*/                            map2 = softRef.get();
/*275*/                        }
/*276*/                        if (map2 == null) { // Map not found?
/*277*/                            map2 = new ConcurrentHashMap<ClassLoader, JAXBContextValue>();
/*278*/                            softRef2 = 
/*279*/                                new SoftReference<ConcurrentHashMap<ClassLoader,
/*280*/                            jaxbMap.put(key, softRef2); // ERROR (I think) => New
map inserted with key instead of validPackagesKey!!
/*281*/                        }

I recompiled the jar changing 'key' for 'validPackagesKey' on line 280, replaced the original
JAR and re-tested. New JAXBContext's are only created during the first invocation and performance
is now comparable to the ADB version (10 times better). We still have to make regression tests
on QA to ensure that this change doesn't affect anything else, but I though I should let you
know about this.

The fully qualified name of the affected class is org.apache.axis2.jaxws.message.databinding.JAXBUtils,
and the version we're currently using is Axis2-1.5.2

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