[concurrency-interest] Curious: How Java Memory Model is satisfied in JSR166 locks?

Gregg Wonderly gregg at cytetech.com
Tue Aug 21 09:24:06 EDT 2007

Compl Yue Still wrote:
> I saw dl.util.concurrent code leverages synchronized(){} blocks to
> assure similar effects, but I found no equivalent code in jdk source,
> it's such a myth to me.
> Is any black magic there?

The underlying JVM facilities for monitor-entry and monitor-exit are used by 
lock and unlock.  In a simple sense, synchronized is equivalent to:

try {


} finally {

If you're familar with the JNI environment, you know that there is a monitor 
entry and monitor exit function available.  These are at the core of what 
synchronized() is.  In Sun's JVM, these functions are now made available to 
application code through their visibility in the Unsafe class.  If you look at 
the JDK1.6 source code on Java.net, you can find the Unsafe class and unsafe.cpp 
to see all of the things in the internals which are available in Sun's 

Gregg Wonderly

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