Saturday, June 28, 2008

Performance Improvement in JDK6

Original Post:


Again a comparison and reason why JDK6. Weeks back one of our team member gave a presentation on JVM performance improvement in Mustang. I have just collected a useful point here and try to compare with older JDK version. Here is the code:

import java.util.*;
public class RuntimePerformanceGC {
public static void main(String[] args) {
RuntimePerformanceGC ob = new RuntimePerformanceGC();
Vector v = new Vector();
java.util.Date now = new java.util.Date();
long t1 = now.getTime();
java.util.Date now1 = new java.util.Date();
public void addItems(Vector v) {
for(int i =0;i<500000;i++)
v.add("Item" + i);

And the output in ms is:

JDK1.4.2: 984

JDK 6: 578

You can see a massive difference. 37 percent improvement in time. Why ? Here goes :

This is because of Runtime Performance Optimization. The new lock coarsening optimization technique implemented in hotspot eliminates the unlock and relock operations when a lock is released and then reacquired with no meaningful work done in between those operations. And this is what happening in our example. Since, Vector do thread safe operation, it takes the lock for add, release the lock and then takes it again.

So, I just tried to give one more reason why use JDK6 ;-). This is off course not the only reason for big improvement, I will try to cover some more in upcoming blogs :-)


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