September 2007

Lunch Meeting

  • When: September 11th, 2007 11:30-12:40

  • Where: University of Phoenix (see tadalafil com_google_maps/Itemid,31/" title: ""Meeting location">Meeting location)

  • Topic: Concurrency

  • Speaker: Brett Schuchert

  • Sponsor: Objectmentor


  • 11:30 am - Welcome Announcements

  • 11:40 am - Main Presentation

  • 12:40 pm - Wrap Up

Evening Meeting


  • 6:00 pm - Hello Java

  • 6:30 pm - Pizza

  • 7:00 pm - Welcome Announcements

  • 7:15 pm - Main Presentation continued

  • 8:45 pm - Giveaways and Wrap Up

Presentation Information

Hello Java

From no-threading to the executor framework built in to Java 5

  • This is a quick hop through basic threading.

    • We start with a single-threaded server with a failing test (due to performance).

    • We fix the performance problem by introducing basic threading (justified by the Single Responsibility Principle)

    • We then upgrade the server to us the Executor framework instead hand-rolling threads

    • This is a quick example of creating a fixed-size thread pool

    • If time permits (it probably won’t), we’ll look at a deadlock problem with the executor framework.

Main Presentation

This presentation assumes familiarity with Java, JUnit 4, and basic Threading - the hello Java should suffice

  • We begin with a simple problem of an unguarded, shared resource

    • We fix the problem using synchronized (basic)

    • We fix the problem by NOT guarding (intermediate) using a Java 5 class to do so

    • We then discuss the background behind how this works

  • We continue with a real problem, trying to screen scrape some web pages using the HTTP Client. The whole process takes 30 seconds

    • We evaluate the work to figure out

      • The CPU bound parts

      • The I/O bound parts

      • Estimate how much we can speed things up

    • We then test our way into a multi-threaded solution

    • Evaluate the results

    • Remove contention

    • Move towards our theoretical maximum speed

    • Along the way we’ll learn a little more about the executor framework

  • If we have time (we probably won’t), we’ll have a look at a few more of the Java 5 classes:

    • Barrier or Latch (haven’t picked which one yet)

    • ConcurrentHashMap


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