Three callback methods are involved in data processing:
Processors can be stateful and do not need to be thread-safe. A single instance will be called by a single thread at a time, although not necessarily always the same thread.
Jet passes the items received over a given edge by calling
process(ordinal, inbox). All items received since the last
call are in the inbox, but also all the items the processor has not
removed in a previous
process() call. There is a separate instance of
Inbox for each inbound edge, so any given
process() call involves
items from only one edge.
The processor should not remove an item from the inbox until it has
fully processed it. This is important with respect to the cooperative
behavior: the processor may not be allowed to emit all items
corresponding to a given input item and may need to return from the
process() call early, saving its state. In such a case the item should
stay in the inbox so Jet knows the processor has more work to do even if
no new items are received.
Eventually each edge will signal that its data stream is exhausted. When this
happens, Jet calls the processor's
completeEdge() with the ordinal of
the completed edge.
The processor may want to emit any number of items upon this event, and
it may be prevented from emitting all due to a full outbox. In this case
it may return
false and will be called again later.
complete() after all the edges are exhausted and all the
completeEdge() methods are called. It is the last method to be invoked on
the processor before disposing of it. The semantics of the boolean
return value are the same as in