5 Replies Latest reply on Feb 18, 2010 12:41 PM by Kabir Khan

    Profiling the kernel project

    Kabir Khan Master

      Running a very simple benchmark for deploying a 1000 beans of type Object with no dependencies or configured properties, i.e.


         protected List<BeanMetaData> setupContexts()
            List<BeanMetaData> beans = new ArrayList<BeanMetaData>(iterations);
            for (int i = 0 ; i < iterations ; i++)
               BeanMetaDataBuilder builder = BeanMetaDataBuilder.createBuilder("Bean" + i, Object.class.getName());
            return beans;


      shows 85% of this time to be spent in the PreInstallAction. A similar test deploying 500 beans with dependencies in the wrong order (which we know from http://community.jboss.org/message/525809#525809 is very slow) shows 25% of the time spent in PreInstallAction.


      Most of the time spent in PreInstallAction comes down to adding to and reading from the BasicMetaDataRepository.retrievals map, which hits  UnmodifiableScopeKey.equals lots of times (~2M times in the 1000 beans case):

         public boolean equals(Object object)
            if (object == this)
               return true;
            if (object == null || object instanceof ScopeKey == false)
               return false;
            ScopeKey other = (ScopeKey) object;
            Scope[] otherArray = other.getArray();
            return Arrays.equals(theScopes, otherArray);
      I will dig into this tomorrow and see if this can be optimized somehow, and if it is a problem in MDR I'll open another thread for that.
        • 1. Re: Profiling the kernel project
          Scott Marlow Master

          Last summer, we improved ScopeKey and introduced ScopeKey.getOptimizedKey() (which returns a UnmodifiableScopeKey).  Some background is also on the forums here http://community.jboss.org/thread/96979?start=15&tstart=1


          Anyway, we switched to UnmodifiableScopeKey in some places and still use the mutable ScopeKey in others.  UnmodifiableScopeKey.equals performs faster when passed an UnmodifiableScopeKey, however there are still places that pass a mutable ScopeKey.


          One way to quickly find/fix the different code sites that call UnmodifiableScopeKey.equals with a mutable ScopeKey, would be to instrument UnmodifiableScopeKey.equals() to call Thread.dumpStack() whenever the mixed case is hit (so you know which caller to fix).  Or you could set a debugger breakpoint.  Eliminating the mixed class type calls to equals should help (see timing later in above thread).


          Further changes to improve ScopeKey and UnmodifiableScopeKey are of course welcome.

          • 2. Re: Profiling the kernel project
            Kabir Khan Master

            Thanks, I vaguely remembered that thread and was going to look for it in the morning. I've not yet looked at ScopeKey internals at all beyond what JProfiler tells me, I will do so tomorrow. Anyway, a lot of the overhead seems to be that the ScopeKey.toArray() call ends up calling Collection.toArray() every time. I am guessing it should be possible to cache the array somehow and invalidate as the scopes set is modified, but need to look at the usage first.

            • 4. Re: Profiling the kernel project
              Kabir Khan Master

              A few other threads that have given some good results


              Optimizing ControllerState: http://community.jboss.org/message/526380#526380

              AnnotatedElementMetaDataLoader component metadata optimization: http://community.jboss.org/message/526629#526629

              • 5. Re: Profiling the kernel project
                Kabir Khan Master

                Changing CommonAnnotationAdapter to not always create iterators improves things a little bit:


                e.g. things like


                       ClassInfo classInfo = info.getClassInfo();
                -      for (Annotation annotation : retrieval.getAnnotations())
                +      Annotation[] anns = retrieval.getAnnotations();
                +      for (int i = 0 ; i < anns.length ; i++)
                -         for(T plugin : getPlugins(ElementType.TYPE, annotation, null, annotationClasses))
                +         for(T plugin : getPlugins(ElementType.TYPE, anns[i], null, annotationClasses))
                             if (isApplyPhase)
                -               applyPlugin(plugin, annotation, classInfo, retrieval, handle);
                +               applyPlugin(plugin, anns[i], classInfo, retrieval, handle);
                -               cleanPlugin(plugin, annotation, classInfo, retrieval, handle);
                +               cleanPlugin(plugin, anns[i], classInfo, retrieval, handle);