Interface ICountDownLatch

  • All Superinterfaces:

    public interface ICountDownLatch
    extends DistributedObject
    ICountDownLatch is a backed-up distributed alternative to the java.util.concurrent.CountDownLatch.

    ICountDownLatch is a cluster-wide synchronization aid that allows one or more threads to wait until a set of operations being performed in other threads completes.

    There are a few differences compared to the java.util.concurrent.CountDownLatch:

    1. ICountDownLatch count can be reset using trySetCount(int) after a countdown has finished but not during an active count. This allows the same latch instance to be reused.
    2. There is no await() method to do an unbound wait since this is undesirable in a distributed application: for example, a cluster can split or the master and replicas could all die. In most cases, it is best to configure an explicit timeout so you have the ability to deal with these situations.

    ICountDownLatch is accessed via CPSubsystem.getCountDownLatch(String). It works on top of the Raft consensus algorithm. It offers linearizability during crash failures and network partitions. It is CP with respect to the CAP principle. If a network partition occurs, it remains available on at most one side of the partition.

    All of the API methods in the new CP ICountDownLatch impl offer the exactly-once execution semantics. For instance, even if a countDown() call is internally retried because of crashed Hazelcast member, the counter value is decremented only once.

    • Method Detail

      • await

        boolean await​(long timeout,
                      java.util.concurrent.TimeUnit unit)
               throws java.lang.InterruptedException
        Causes the current thread to wait until the latch has counted down to zero, or an exception is thrown, or the specified waiting time elapses.

        If the current count is zero then this method returns immediately with the value true.

        If the current count is greater than zero, then the current thread becomes disabled for thread scheduling purposes and lies dormant until one of five things happen:

        • the count reaches zero due to invocations of the countDown() method,
        • this ICountDownLatch instance is destroyed,
        • the countdown owner becomes disconnected,
        • some other thread interrupts the current thread, or
        • the specified waiting time elapses.
        If the count reaches zero, then the method returns with the value true.

        If the current thread:

        • has its interrupted status set on entry to this method, or
        • is interrupted while waiting,
        then InterruptedException is thrown and the current thread's interrupted status is cleared.

        If the specified waiting time elapses then the value false is returned. If the time is less than or equal to zero, the method will not wait at all.

        timeout - the maximum time to wait
        unit - the time unit of the timeout argument
        true if the count reached zero, false if the waiting time elapsed before the count reached zero
        java.lang.InterruptedException - if the current thread is interrupted
        java.lang.IllegalStateException - if the Hazelcast instance is shutdown while waiting
        java.lang.NullPointerException - if unit is null
      • countDown

        void countDown()
        Decrements the count of the latch, releasing all waiting threads if the count reaches zero.

        If the current count is greater than zero, then it is decremented. If the new count is zero:

        • All waiting threads are re-enabled for thread scheduling purposes, and
        • Countdown owner is set to null.
        If the current count equals zero, then nothing happens.
      • getCount

        int getCount()
        Returns the current count.
        the current count
      • trySetCount

        boolean trySetCount​(int count)
        Sets the count to the given value if the current count is zero.

        If count is not zero, then this method does nothing and returns false.

        count - the number of times countDown() must be invoked before threads can pass through await(long, java.util.concurrent.TimeUnit)
        true if the new count was set, false if the current count is not zero
        java.lang.IllegalArgumentException - if count is negative or zero