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From Stefano Mazzocchi <>
Subject Re: [C2] Caching, target JDK and forgetful developers..
Date Fri, 15 Sep 2000 14:53:14 GMT
Paul Russell wrote:
> On Thu, Sep 14, 2000 at 10:41:22PM +0200, Giacomo Pati wrote:
> > The forthcoming Avalon release has many things introduced that we should
> > use for our cache/store/pools implementations. They have made marker
> > interfaces like ThreadSafe, Recyclable and Poolable and corresponding
> > classes to build pools out of such marked classes.
> This sounds very promising. I must admit, it's been a while since
> I looked at Avalon. I'm ferreting though the changes since the
> last time I looked (which ws before /src/java was in use, scarily
> enough.
> > The revised
> > ComponentManger interface (implemented into today) will help
> > us to get that working the right way. Today it will create a new
> > instance of every component it is ask for (and that's why the store
> > component isn't usable today because the ComponentManager has no way to
> > check if it should create an instance of a component or not). The
> > pooling stuff would fit best for the sitemap components because many of
> > them (yes, almost all) are not thread safe and have to be instantiated
> > for every request. Pulling them out of an object pool would reduce
> > garbage collection. If you would volunteer for that job I would
> > encourage you to grab them from the Avalon CVS and look for those
> > Interfaces and classes and how they could be incorporated into C2 (and I
> > have some spare time to go back to the halfway finished sitemap
> > documentation :<). I think the Avalon guys will release it very soon so
> > I do not expect any changes to those classes I've mentioned so far
> > (maybe except the ComponentManager).
> One thing ocours to me at this stage, and that is how we get
> a component which has been attained using ComponentManager.getComponent().
> back *into* the pool, once someone has finished with it, since there
> is currently no facility to release a component in the ComponentManager
> interface. One solution I can think of involves using PhantomReferences
> to find components that are otherwise unreferenced and drag them
> back into the Pool. Does this sound plausible, or did you have other
> ideas?


and I think we should move the discussion on the Avalon mail list since
PhantomReferencedPool should be something general enough to belong there
as well.
> In terms of the sitemap components, the best way to proceed seems
> to be to create a set of pools in AbstractSitemap's load_component
> method, one for each classURL. We could either return them to the
> pool at the end of each request, or again use PhantomReferences to
> get the GC to do it for us. I was a C++ programmer in a former
> life, so my temptation is to do it explicitly if we can (I think
> you'll agree the whole aim of this section of code is to make it
> as fast and efficient as possible, therefore we don't want to
> make the GC do work that we're quite capable of doing ourselves.)

Avalon provides the classes to do this already (based on work done by
Peter, Berin and myself)
> I'm still trying to get my head around the innards of the new
> sitemap engine and work out when we can route two threads through
> the same component, and when we can't. I assume the only time we
> can do that is if the configurations for the two instances of the
> component are equal(). It would seem sensible therefore, to keep
> a map of all active ThreadSafe components by their configuration
> objects. The only problem I see with this is that Configuration
> objects, being tree structures are quite slow to check the quality
> of. What I haven't worked out yet is whether two configurations
> would be the same object - i.e. can we use == instead.
> I'm actually away on business today, so I'm not going to get a
> chance to look at this properly until saturday, but if you want
> me to have a look and see what I can do, that's great. In the
> mean time, if you could comment on the sanity or otherwise of
> the above, that'd be good!
> Paul (oh, and excuse the stream of conciousness thing - that's
> what happens when I read code and write e-mails at the same
> time ;)

Oh no problems... we need a RT-email once in a while :)

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