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From "Scott Blum (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (CURATOR-294) Optimize TreeCache, fix possible concurrency issue
Date Thu, 28 Jan 2016 16:42:39 GMT

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Scott Blum commented on CURATOR-294:
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It just seems that not guaranteeing consistency of the stat and data in the returned ChildData
objects restricts the usefulness of the cache, since you would typically have to get the data/stat
again directly before doing any conditional update to a znode.

Ignoring the less-important suggestion for simplifying ChildData itself, wouldn't there still
be significant value in a simple change to move the TreeNode data and stat atomic refs into
a single ChildData atomic ref?

Cheers,
Nick

> Optimize TreeCache, fix possible concurrency issue
> --------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: CURATOR-294
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/CURATOR-294
>             Project: Apache Curator
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: Recipes
>            Reporter: Nick Hill
>            Assignee: Scott Blum
>
> Hi, I have been looking at the TreeCache impl and have some questions.
> It doesn't look right to me that there's separate atomic refs for a node's data and stat.
It seems the stat in a ChildData object obtained from getCurrentData() might not correspond
to the data that it's with. This could be problematic when doing conditional state changes
given assumptions about that data.
> An obvious and simple solution to this would be to have a single AtomicReference<ChildData>
field instead, which would have the additional significant benefit of eliminating ChildData
obj creation on every cache access. PathChildrenCache works this way, but my understanding
was that TreeCache is intended to be a (more flexible) replacement.
> Furthermore I'd propose that the data field of ChildData be just a final byte[] instead
of an AtomicReference. This would avoid needing two volatile reads to get to the data, and
mean that "sharing" these (per above) is a bit safer. The ChildData byte[] AtomicReference
is only used by PathChildrenCache.clearDataBytes() (not currently used by TreeCache at all),
and that capability could be easily maintained by having PathChildrenCache use it's own simple
subclass of ChildData containing the atomic reference.
> If similar capability were to be added to TreeCache, I'd suggest it would be better to
just replace the node's ChildData object with a copy that has the byte[] field nulled out
(but same stat ref).
> I'm fairly new to the code so apologies if there's something I've missed/misunderstood!
But if there is agreement, I'd also be happy to prepare a PR.
> Regards,
> Nick



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