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From "Alessio Soldano (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Created] (CXF-5891) ReadHeadersInterceptor performances improvement
Date Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:43:05 GMT
Alessio Soldano created CXF-5891:

             Summary: ReadHeadersInterceptor performances improvement
                 Key: CXF-5891
             Project: CXF
          Issue Type: Improvement
          Components: JAX-WS Runtime
            Reporter: Alessio Soldano
         Attachments: headers-perf.diff

It has been noticed by running some benchmarks that CXF performances could possibly be improved
for dealing of SOAP messages with no SOAP headers. The ReadHeadersInterceptor builds a DOM
Document for each SOAP message; while that's fine if there actually are headers in the message,
it looks like a waste of time and memory if the message has no header. The document has big
memory footprint, which ends up in high heap memory pressure when running our benchmarks.
The final result is performance penalty.

I've been reasoning on a solution for starting parsing the message with StAX (envelope and
header part only, as per the PartialXMLStreamReader already in place), buffering the stream
events and optionally generating the DOM doc if a soap header is actually found.

The initial patch is attached, some local tests show that the ReadHeadersInterceptor performance
(processing time) is ~*16%* better for messages with no headers and ~*3%* worse for messages
with 2 not trivial headers.
Ideally, we could switch this patched processing method by default and give the user a mean
for disabling it (prop in the message/exchange ?). Moreover, we could automatically disable
it whenever WS-* interceptors are installed in the chain (as WS-Security, WS-Addressing, WS-RM,
etc. all imply headers being added to the messages).
In terms of memory allocation, the patched version is dramatically better for messages with
no headers.

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