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From "Martin Perez" <>
Subject Re: Comet and Async Servlets - Architecture Question
Date Wed, 02 May 2007 09:00:22 GMT

Yes you're right. I forgot to add something like isClosed() to your
SynchronizedOutputStream so I can check if it's closed before writing.

Anyways, I found that after a certain limit (for ex. 6000 -> 8000 users) the
system starts to behave incorrectly. Some clients never get an answer from
the server, some clients only receive partial data, and some of them really
end. I guess I found the limit in the box, but attached are the source code
files if someone wants to see the sample or simply spot something in it.


On 5/2/07, Sebastiaan van Erk <> wrote:
> Praveen Balaji wrote:
> > The
> > last few days I have been evaluating using CometProcessor to work like
> an
> > Async Servlet for me. I pick up the CometEvent object on BEGIN event and
> > process the whole request asynchronously. When I am done, I close the
> I/O stream.
> >
> >
> > I
> > would like to know what the Tomcat developers and the developers in
> general
> > think about this approach. Is it a misuse of the API to process requests
> > asynchronously, outside of the event method? Are there any issues that I
> should be cautious about? Synchronization issues?
> >
> >
> >
> See the mailing list archive of the last month and filter on "comet".
> There have been quite a few posts on exactly this subject.
> There are multiple issues:
> 1) Closing the I/O stream (on the response) does not end the
> request/response. It takes another 30-60 seconds before the event method
> gets called with an END event leaving a lot of request open unnecessarily.
> 2) Nothing is synchronized in Comet, so you have to do all
> synchronization yourself. You have to make sure that you do not write to
> the output stream after the event is closed (even though you may still
> have the reference in your asynchronous application code). I seem to
> have eliminated most issues by synchronizing access to the response
> output stream and using the same lock around the event.close() method in
> the event() method of the CometProcessor. However I still very
> sporadically get a ClientAbortException/ClosedChannelException which
> suggests that I've missed a place where synchronization is necessary. It
> might not be possible to synchronize this though, because it could
> happen deep inside Tomcat. The API has no information about what to
> synchronize for asynchronous use.
> 3) If you rely on the POST method to send parameters to your
> CometProcessor, then you have to parse the parameters yourself; there is
> an issue that doing getParameter() on the request in the BEGIN event may
> return null because the request body has not yet been received by the
> server at the moment of the getParameter() call.
> One of the Comet developers (Remy) suggests that it might be better to
> just use normal servlets and buy some extra memory for the extra threads.
> As far as the current API goes, I would say it is probably a "misuse",
> though I would very much like to see the API improved so that this is no
> longer the case.
> Regards,
> Sebastiaan
> > Thanks,
> > Praveen Balaji.
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
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