[concurrency-interest] Offering data to Futures

Joe Bowbeer joe.bowbeer at gmail.com
Mon May 25 21:14:35 EDT 2009

I don't understand the comment about FutureTask.Sync protecting innerSet and
innerSetException, because FutureTask provides public "set" and
"setException" methods for this purpose.

I'm not authorized to access MessageFuture at the svn link below, but I can
access it at:



On Mon, May 25, 2009 at 5:08 PM, karlthepagan wrote:

> As a followup to last week's great discussion of FutureTask.done()
> callbacks I'd like to ask if anyone else has rolled their own "remote
> Future" implementation or something which interfaces with a messaging
> library? I found one attribute of FutureTask.Sync is that it protects
> innerSet and innerSetException from being set outside of innerRun so as far
> as I imagined it cannot be extend to provide a receiver for messages.
> I find the Future API so comfortable that I wanted to apply it to other
> IO-bound and remote tasks rather than simply CPU-bound tasks, but consuming
> a thread per request isn't usually desirable. For example the Jersey HTTP
> client API makes use of futures to solve an IO-bound task:
> http://www.nabble.com/HTTP-Client-API--was%3A-Jersey-client-side-API--td22289451.html
> With that in mind here is an API inspired by a few iterations of this
> problem:
> public interface MessageFuture<V> extends Future<V> {
>     boolean offer(V data);
>     boolean offerException(Throwable t);
> }
> I have a possibly naive implementation up on GoogleCode, but feedback is
> welcome:
> https://karlthepagan.googlecode.com/svn/trunk/MessageFuture/
> After providing something that could meet the needs of Jersey and/or
> Grizzly http-client I would like to move this in the direction of
> simplifying the interface to message-based systems without creating
> additional message handles when they are not solicited (i.e. submit() would
> create a Future task but execute() would not).
> -karl
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