[concurrency-interest] Using Atomic*FieldUpdater to remove indirection

Aaron Grunthal aaron.grunthal at infinite-source.de
Wed Feb 13 22:37:38 EST 2013

Btw, Atomic*Updaters are not entirely equivalent to raw volatile/CAS 
accesses due to a bunch of security checking they do. Especially when 
security domains are used or the Updater's target class has subclasses 
then it has to do some checks that the JVM cannot optimize away. So if 
every ounce of performance counts you probably should do volatile reads 
and writes to the field handled by the updater directly and only use it 
for CAS. And as last resort there's also Unsafe, but there usually are 
bigger fish to fry before you get to that point.

On 13.02.2013 21:41, Ariel Weisberg wrote:
> Hi,
> Does it make sense to use Atomic*FieldUpdater to remove the indirection
> overhead of an AtomicLong and AtomicReference? Similarly, does it make
> sense to use Atomic* to create indirection in order to avoid false
> sharing?
> Thanks,
> Ariel
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