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From tsuna <tsuna...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Review Request: HBASE-2468: Improvements to prewarm META cache on clients.
Date Wed, 09 Jun 2010 05:56:53 GMT
On Tue, Jun 8, 2010 at 5:59 PM, Paul Cowan <cowan@aconex.com> wrote:
> No problem. With that change, there would be a potential race condition:
> Thread 1                                Thread 2
> ----------                              -------------
> enter regionCachePrefetchEnabled
> call ConcurrentMap.get() - get null
>                                        enter disableRegionCachePrefetch
>                                        ConcurrentMap.put(false);
>                                        exit disableRegionCachePrefetch
> ConcurrentMap.put(true)
> exit regionCachePrefetchEnabled
> which means that after one (nominally 'read-only') call to
> regionCachePrefetchEnabled and one call to disableRegionCachePrefetch have
> completed, the value in the cache for the table is true, when it really
> should be false.

Oh, I see.  But that's because the regionCachePrefetchEnabled method
was unnecessarily changing the Map.  If the "read-only" methods like
this one weren't modifying any data structure (and they don't need
to), this problem wouldn't exist.

Also even though ConcurrentHashSet doesn't exist, it can be
implemented by storing some random, unique Object instance as the
value.  I think that's how HashSet is implemented:

public class HashSet<E> [...] {
    private transient HashMap<E,Object> map;

    // Dummy value to associate with an Object in the backing Map
    private static final Object PRESENT = new Object();

    public boolean add(E e) {
        return map.put(e, PRESENT)==null;

Benoit "tsuna" Sigoure
Software Engineer @ www.StumbleUpon.com

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