[concurrency-interest] Help, how to design a pool of executors

Andrej Navodnik andrejnavodnik at yahoo.com
Fri Nov 4 01:39:04 EST 2005

Hello all,

I would kindly ask someone for a gentle hand to guide
me through the 
problems related to the concurrent programming.

My problem is the following. I'd like to design a
special structure/pool of 
executors which gives a priority to the task that
testing element satisfies 
a special intermediate condition. If an algorithm
could verify that the 
testing element is appropriate for further use then
the task that has 
found this element is allowed to cancel all other
tasks in pool and calculate 
the final result based on this "optimal element".

Let's say that I have a set of elements from which I
want to find  an optimal
element. During testing whether an element is
appropriate or not an element must 
satisfy some kind of an intermediate condition. If an
intermediate condition is 
not satisfied then the pool select another element for
testing. If this 
intermediate condition is satisfied then the task that
has found this element:
  - is allowed to cancel all other tasks in the pool;
  - is allowed to disable that the pool could to
accept new elements for testing;
  - is the only one that is allowed to continue and
calculate the final result.
Structure should either return null (there are no
elements that could satisfy 
an intermediate condition) or final result based on
input "optimal element".

The behavior of the tasks in the pool could be
explained with the following 


0, 1, 2, 3, 4: ... finished tasks/elements which could
not satisfy 
                   intermediate condition;
5, 7, 6, 8: ...... canceled tasks by task testing
element number 9;
9: ............... task that has found that an element
that satisfies intermediate 
                   condition, has canceled all other
currently running tasks 
                   in the pool and is allowed to
calculate the final result;
!: ............... time when the task has found out
that the element number 9
                   satisfies an intermediate
condition; from that time on the task 
                   with element number 9 is the only
one executing in the pool;

Is it wise to design such kind of structure? I'm
prepared to do some homework 
but I don't know where to start (which objects to put
together). Is it possible 
that the costs using this kind of structure could be
higher than the benefits?
I'm aware of the examples in class
ExecutorCompletionService but are not 
behaving the way I want.

Best regards,

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