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From Steve Cohen <>
Subject Re: Using CXF asynchronously
Date Tue, 09 Nov 2010 19:28:27 GMT
I'm feeling about now that my original architectural question has been 
hijacked by a bug report.

On 11/09/2010 01:19 PM, Daniel Kulp wrote:
> On Tuesday 09 November 2010 12:46:19 pm Villoud Pierre Julien wrote:
>> About asynchronism, I'm using the asynchronism mecanism of CXF by calling
>> the invoke method like that :
>> client.invoke(new ClientCallback(), "methodName", params...);
>> And after a while, I'm getting Out of Memory errors and cxf is complaining
>> about not being able to create a new thread... I must restart the service
>> to purge the memory. Is is possible de call the invoke method and not
>> expects a callback, for instance by calling :
>> client.invoke(null, "methodName", params...);
>> Is this method creating a new thread for each callback, and since mine is
>> not used, stays in memory ?
> Hmm... what version of CXF?  At one point long ago, we were creating a new
> thread for all of this.   However, we changed that to adding them to the
> workqueue so that it can be configured and bounded.
> While waiting for a response, they would consume memory and such.   However,
> with HTTP, at some point, those request SHOULD timeout and trigger the
> callback, release the resources, etc...
> Is there any way to reproduce this with some sort of async hello world or
> something?
> Dan
>> Thanks in advance
>> Pierre-Julien
>> -----Message d'origine-----
>> De : Steve Cohen []
>> Envoyé : mardi 9 novembre 2010 18:12
>> À :
>> Objet : Using CXF asynchronously
>> The company I work for is rearchitecting operator workstations for a
>> legacy telephony application.
>> The legacy workstation still runs on MS-DOS(!) and communicates with a
>> legacy backend, both client and server written in C.  The "interface"
>> such as it is, is a bunch of C header files.  Data is passed by datagram
>> between client and server and the headers are needed on both sides to
>> make sense of the data.  Since none of the people who developed this 20
>> years ago will be around, maintenance is a nightmare.
>> Probably because of its origins in a pre-multithreading universe, this
>> system was developed using primarily asynchronous methods.  Client sends
>> a datagram to server, makes no attempt to wait for a return.  Server
>> periodically sends "synchronization" messages to client (sometimes
>> triggered by the results of methods invoked by the datagrams from the
>> client).  These synchronization methods are also by datagram.
>> Since the server-side is NOT going to be totally rewritten. and must,
>> after the rewrite, continue to support the old operator workstations as
>> well as the new ones, the scheme I am thinking of is as follows:
>> 1). add an Apache Web Server to the server and a CXF wrapper around the
>> existing server functionality.
>> 2) rewrite the Client as a java swing application that encompasses a CXF
>> client.
>> 3) each operation now initiated from the client will be an asynchronous
>> Web Service call.  These calls would be one-way
>> 4) to handle the synchronization requirement mentioned above, I am
>> envisioning a separate thread in the client that makes an asynchronous
>> "RegisterForSynchMessages()" call to the server.  This would be polled
>> continually and would expect REPEATED messages through this channel.
>> That is, the server side handler for this call must continue to run even
>> after it sends a response.  It will never complete and must continue to
>> send such responses back through the channel.
>> Is this achievable using CXF's asynchronous support?
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