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From "dave irving (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Created: (DIRMINA-119) Multiple selector loops
Date Wed, 09 Nov 2005 09:42:20 GMT
Multiple selector loops
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         Key: DIRMINA-119
         URL: http://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/DIRMINA-119
     Project: Directory MINA
        Type: Improvement
    Versions: 0.9    
 Environment: All. Benefit is dependant on environment
    Reporter: dave irving
 Assigned to: Trustin Lee 
    Priority: Minor


Mina's SocketIoProcessor currently owns a Selector and employs a single Worker to run the
NIO "selector loop".
I have been running tests where Im trying to maximise throughput and have found - that in
certain multi-cpu environments - this worker thread can encounter a large amount of starvation
even though CPU usage is fairly low.

By testing 2 selector-loops instead of 1, I managed to improve my overall test throughput
by just under 30%.

The general idea is to do this:

- Each SocketIoProcessor.Worker encapsulates its own work queues associated Selector
- It should be possible to configure the number of Workers (and thus selectors) employed by
SocketIoProcessor
- When a SocketSession is added to the SocketIoProcessor, a Worker is selected (round-robin)
which will be associated with the SocketSession for its lifetime. This association is managed
by SocketSession (get/setWorker)
- When someone asks SocketIoProcessor to do some work to a session, instead of doing it directly,
the processor now asks the session for its Worker, and delegates to the worker (i.e, the same
worker is always used for an individual session)

I've done some prototyping, and have also checked that the concept works with the latest build.
The prototype is very hacky - mainly because there are some refactoring issues i'd like feed-back
on before I submit a "proper" patch for review. Namely:

- How do you want me to tell the SocketIoProcessor how many workers to use? One option is
a system property - but thats pretty hacky. I dont think we need to support changing the number
of workers after operation has begun (It'll probably be a function of the number of available
CPUs) - and this makes the code simpler. However, as SocketIoProcessor is a (non lazy created)
singleton, we need a way to get the param in. We could refactor, or maybe introduce a ProcessorOptions
class or something. The SocketIoProcessor could interrigate this when initializing. Any direction
on your desired approach would be appreciated

Cheers,

Dave 

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