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From sebb <seb...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: [jira] Created: (HARMONY-6404) possible data-reordering in some hashCode-methods (e.g. String or URL)
Date Fri, 11 Dec 2009 12:54:26 GMT
On 11/12/2009, Tim Ellison <t.p.ellison@gmail.com> wrote:
> On 11/Dec/2009 04:09, Vijay Menon wrote:
>  > Perhaps I'm missing some context, but I don't see any problem.  I don't
>  > believe that this:
>  >
>  >         if (hashCode == 0) {
>  >             // calculate hash
>  >             hashCode = hash;
>  >         }
>  >         return hashCode;
>  >
>  > can ever return 0 (assuming hash is non-zero), regardless of memory fences.
>  >  The JMM won't allow visible reordering in a single threaded program.

However hashCode is shared between threads, so without knowing what
other threads do to hashCode (which is not shown above), it's possible
the hashCode returned by the code might be different from the hash
calculated in this thread. That does not involve re-ordering.

For example, if the calculation stored intermediate results in
hashCode, the return value could be different from the calculated

As far as I can tell, this isn't the case here.

> I agree.  In the multi-threaded case there can be a data race on the
>  hashCode, with the effect that the same hashCode value is unnecessarily,
>  but harmlessly, recalculated.

However, it would be safer if the code fetched the hashCode and
returned its local copy - and it might be slightly quicker, as there
would be fewer accesses to the instance variable.

>  Regards,
> Tim

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