[concurrency-interest] Joint Talk for JavaOne?

Kirk Pepperdine kirk at kodewerk.com
Thu Apr 5 15:42:25 EDT 2012

+1 on every thing.. Heinz, put together an abstract for the core track and try to have it put in as a tutorial. If you can't get a tutorial because of the system, I'll start a conversation with Sharat.

On 2012-04-05, at 9:29 PM, Nathan Reynolds wrote:

> I took the bait and tried out the demo on HotSpot 7 Update 3.  It didn't deadlock for a minute or two.  Then the application froze.  I then used jstack to dump the call stacks.  At the end of the report, it said "Found one Java-level deadlock".  It then dumped out the locks and threads involved in the deadlock.  I never looked at the source code... in fact it wasn't in the zip file.  This took about 5-7 minutes from starting the application to finding the deadlock in the call stacks.
> A 100 good Java developers?  Really?  I guess I can understand.  Most engineers don't understand locks.  Most of the time I get answers like one should put a lock around shared variables.  This is accurate but they can't really go any deeper.
> It sounds like the material of your presentation should be very good.  It covers things that the deadlock detection tool probably can't figure out.
> So, it seems like you have everything figured out.  Why do you need someone else?
> Nathan Reynolds | Consulting Member of Technical Staff | 602.333.9091
> Oracle PSR Engineering | Server Technology
> On 4/5/2012 12:03 PM, Dr Heinz M. Kabutz wrote:
>> Hi Nathan,
>> a stack trace will only show you a certain class of obvious deadlocks that are easy to find and solve.  I remember solving deadlocks before we had the brilliant deadlock detection tool in the ThreadMXBean.  Yes, the deadlock detection tool shows you some deadlocks, but definitely not all of them.  I can think of a bunch that it would not find:
>> 1. Semaphores running out of permits
>> 2. ReadWriteLocks trying to upgrade from write lock to read lock
>> 3. Resource deadlocks
>> And some others that I will not describe in detail, such as some nasty livelocks that we can cause which will hang up the JVM :-)
>> I agree with Kirk - it should probably be a 3 hour workshop.  I've done this three times now - twice in Spain and once via webinar.  The workshop would involve some lessons on deadlocks, what causes them and how we can prevent them.  Also an explanation as to why we see them so seldom in real production.  I've got material prepared for this workshop.  And then a practical part to the workshop where they can try to find a deadlock in a body of code.
>> Attached is an example of the workshop.  You can try find the deadlock if you like.  I've shown it to almost 100 good Java developers and so far, not one has found it by themselves.  I would expect that they should find it in 5 minutes.  In our workshop they would obviously be helped a bit with hints, so that they can walk away with a good experience.  Use anything you like.  Oscilloscope, jstack, jconsole, whatever you like.  Only rule for you guys on the "concurrency-interest" list is: you can only look at the code once you've found the problem, otherwise it would be too easy for you :-)  Once you have found it, you can also fix the code and make sure that the code then works correctly.
>> Regards
>> Heinz
>> -- 
>> Dr Heinz M. Kabutz (PhD CompSci)
>> Author of "The Java(tm) Specialists' Newsletter"
>> Sun Java Champion
>> IEEE Certified Software Development Professional
>> http://www.javaspecialists.eu
>> Tel: +30 69 75 595 262
>> Skype: kabutz 
>> On 4/5/12 8:01 PM, Nathan Reynolds wrote:
>>> I am curious as to the intended content of your presentation.  Here's some ideas.  I wondering what you are planing on doing.
>>> Printing the call stacks with lock information using a tool such as jstack
>>> Press the "Detect Deadlock" button in JConsole
>>> Dealing with Lock and Condition objects instead of synchronized blocks
>>> Detecting live lock
>>> Distributed deadlocks
>>> Nathan Reynolds | Consulting Member of Technical Staff | 602.333.9091
>>> Oracle PSR Engineering | Server Technology
>>> On 4/5/2012 7:57 AM, Dr Heinz M. Kabutz wrote:
>>>> Good afternoon, 
>>>> I am thinking of submitting a talk on finding and diagnosing deadlocks for JavaOne.  It might be a workshop, instead of a simple conference talk.  Or we might be able to turn the talk into a workshop where they need to find a deadlock in a body of code.  Could be something different, which might go incredibly well or crash in a blaze of flames.  Would any of you be interested in co-presenting this with me at JavaOne? 
>>>> Regards 
>>>> Heinz 
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