[squeak-dev] Questions about external objects
David T. Lewis
lewis at mail.msen.com
Fri Oct 24 23:01:56 UTC 2014
On Fri, Oct 24, 2014 at 09:52:11PM +0200, Levente Uzonyi wrote:
> On Fri, 24 Oct 2014, Bert Freudenberg wrote:
> >Another thought: is it really necessary to cache the index in the
> >semaphore? Wouldn't scanning the externalObjectsTable for self be
> >efficient enough? It's pretty small, after all.
> That's exactly what the current implementation does (scans the table), and
> this is what I want to avoid, because it doesn't scale. The table is small
> when you start your image, but it can easily grow large - especially on a
> server (3 semaphores per socket) - and it never gets shrinked. So once it
> grows, it'll stay slow "forever".
> And no, it's not absolutely necessary to store the index in the
> semaphores. The new implementation uses an IdentityDictionary to store the
> indexes of non-semaphores. The same method could work for semaphores too.
> But it's convenient to store the index in the semaphore, otherwise the
> method which creates and registers a new semaphore has to return two
> values - the index and the semaphore - which is cumbersome.
> It's also faster to ask for a new Semaphore from the
> ExternalSemaphoreTable, because that way it knows that the
> Semaphore is not registered.
I also like the implementation overall, but it seems to me that a Semaphore
should not be responsible for knowing about whether somebody used it in the
external objects array. It seems more natural for ExternalSemaphoreTable
to be responsible for keeping track of the relationship between semaphores
and external resources. Thus I don't really like the #indexInExternalObjectsArray
instance variable in Semaphore.
On the other hand, in your earlier post introducing this topic, you said:
> I also thought that I'll create a special semaphore (ExternalSemaphore -
> which is a subclass of Semaphore) that knows its own index in the external
> objects array.
So IMO, maybe maybe your original concept is better, even if it requires
another class. An ExternalSemaphore would be a Semaphore that knows about
its place in the ExternalObjectsArray, but semaphores in general do not
need to know about that.
I'm not sure which would be better, but it seems to me that either
ExternalSemaphoreTable should be responsible for maintaining the relationship
(presumably with an IdentityDictionary), or ExternalSemaphore should be
a kind of semaphore that knows something more about its place in the world.
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