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From "Patrick Linskey (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (OPENJPA-359) OptimisticLockException NOT thrown for entity using Timestamp Version when update from concurrent persistence contexts
Date Sat, 08 Sep 2007 18:03:29 GMT

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Patrick Linskey commented on OPENJPA-359:
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We need to also consider clustered environments -- this patch doesn't do much for such environments.
Of course, in a clustered environment, timestamp-based checks rely on clock synchronization,
which is a hard problem.

I've always seen this as an insoluble problem with timestamp versioning, and have just worked
around it by putting sleeps in test cases that test concurrency and timestamp versioning.

The proposed change adds a synchronized block, which seems like a potential bottleneck; if
we decide that we care about this problem, I think I'd rather see us just put a Thread.currentThread().wait(<15
| 2>) call into the versioning code. Note, of course, that this still won't solve the problem
in a clustered environment.

> OptimisticLockException NOT thrown for entity using Timestamp Version when update from
concurrent persistence contexts
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: OPENJPA-359
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/OPENJPA-359
>             Project: OpenJPA
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: jdbc
>    Affects Versions: 1.0.0
>         Environment: WIntel 32 
>            Reporter: Albert Lee
>            Priority: Minor
>         Attachments: OPENJPA-359.patch
>
>
> We ran a test using Timestamp as the version field in an entity, the following (pseudo)
test failed when an OptimisticLockException is expected:
>     em1.persist( e0(pk1) );
>     e1 = em1.find(pk1);
>     e2 = em2.find(pk1);
>     e1.setAttr( "new1");
>     e2.setAttr( "new2");
>     em1.merge( e1 );
>     em2.merge( e2 );    <<<< Expect an OptimisticLockException
> The cause of this problem is because the TimestampVersionStrategy.nextVersion returns
a java.sql.Timestamp(System.currentTimeMillis()); In the Wintel environment, the currentTimeMillis()
only has approximately 15ms resolution. When 2 subsequent Timestamp version objects are requested
within this 15ms interval, both has the same version value. Therefore the em2.merge does not
detected the versions difference between o1 and o2, hence no exception is thrown.
> Due to this behavior, the same test case may failed intermittenly depends on the currentTimeMillis()
resolution and the time when a timestamp version is created.  From some preliminary tests,
the resolution for  wintel, linux and z/os are about 15ms, 2ms and 2ms respectively.
>     

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