Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Java 8 parallel stream gotchas

When using parallel streams in Java you are using the ForkJoinPool.commonPool() singleton and therefore sharing a single thread pool across the entire program. It, by default, has one less threads as you have processors, as returned by Runtime.availableProcessors() (can be overriden with -Djava.util.concurrent.ForkJoinPool.common.parallelism).

As a consequence:

  • You have no control over the pool properties/size.
  • There is no isolation between pools so long running tasks or IO locking calls may cause performance problems.

The solution is executing the stream in a specific ForkJoinPool:

ForkJoinPool forkJoinPool = new ForkJoinPool(2);
forkJoinPool.submit(() ->
    IntStream.range(1, 1_000_000)


Other solution using CompletableFuture:

ForkJoinPool forkJoinPool = new ForkJoinPool(2);
CompletableFuture<List<Integer>> primes = CompletableFuture.supplyAsync(() ->
  range(1, 1_000_000)

See next blog entry on  CompletableFuture.

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