[concurrency-interest] Problem with using an unbounded map ofMutexlock objects

Dawid Kurzyniec dawidk at mathcs.emory.edu
Fri Jun 2 23:53:30 EDT 2006

Craig Mattocks wrote:
> On  Sat, 3 Jun 2006 07:02:59 +1000 Greg Luck <gluck at gregluck.com> wrote:
>> Once a Mutex object is placed in the Map it stays there forever. It is
>> technically a slow memory leak unless the keyset is bounded so that
>> at some time it stops growing.
> Use a WeakHashMap?

Nah; the keys are compared using equals() so you don't want to tie locks 
to particular object instances.

Here is a "named lock" class that may just do the trick (it is called 
"named", but in reality, the "name" of the lock can be an arbitrary 
object, with equals() comparison semantics):


It does use a form of a weak map (weak _value_ map to be precise) to 
allow locks that are (1) unused and (2) unlocked to be garbage 
collected, and later re-created if needed again.

I do think, however, that lock striping may work out better b/c of 
allocation considerations.


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