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From Michael Heuer <heue...@acm.org>
Subject [performance] feedback/suggestions
Date Sun, 05 Aug 2007 22:49:01 GMT
Hello Phil,

I saw a few more commits this weekend on [performance] and thought you
might welcome a bit of feedback:

Use System.nanoTime() instead of System.currentTimeMillis()?

In LoadGenerator execute() ex.awaitTermination(...) may throw an
InterruptedException, you may wish to catch that before calculating the
summary statistics.

If your intent is to start all of the client threads at the same time, I
believe you want to use a pair of CountDownLatches instead of the thread
pool executor.  See e.g. Listing 5.11 in _Java Concurrency in Practice_
(Goetz et al., 2006).  Executor.execute() only promises to "execute the
given command at some time in the future."

Perhaps more useful than having the client threads calculate time to wait
between executions and perform timings would be an implementation of
ExecutorService that does this instead.  It might also start the client
threads at the same time.  Maybe a custom class that extends
RunnableFuture could provide the setUp() and cleanUp() methods and return
the execution time as the future (see CustomTask in javadoc for
AbstractExecutorService)?

What method(s) do you use to monitor the pool and/or the database when
running these performance tests?  You mention "instrumented dbcp and pool
jars" and database server log files in the comments for DBCP-212.  I have
generated RRDTool-style connection graphs based on queries against
Oracle's V$SESSION view; if similar data are available for other databases
such might make a useful companion tool.  Both JRobin [1] and RRD4J [2]
are LGPL however.

   michael

[1]
http://sourceforge.net/projects/jrobin

[2]
http://rrd4j.dev.java.net




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