Package com.bigdata.cache

A canonicalizing object cache may be constructed from an outer weak reference value hash map backed by an inner hard reference LRU policy.

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Package com.bigdata.cache Description

A canonicalizing object cache may be constructed from an outer weak reference value hash map backed by an inner hard reference LRU policy. The weak reference value map ensures that there is never more than one runtime object for a given object identifier (OID) within the same context. This guarentee means that we can use reference testing on persistence capable runtime objects to test for equality. Further, unlike testing the OID, a reference test also differentiates between runtime objects with the same OID in different contexts and distinct object references will result in each context for the same object identifier.


This class implements a hash map using weak or soft references as its values and object identifiers as its keys. When an object is touched in the outer weak value map its ordering is updated in the inner hard reference map. Java does not support notification before a weak (or soft) reference is cleared. Therefore cache eviction notices are generated eagerly when the object is evicted from the inner hard reference cache. When a weak reference is cleared, that fact is recorded on a ReferenceQueue. Various operations on the cache poll the queue and remove entries corresponding to objects which are no longer reachable. A facility is provided to remove individual objects from the weak value cache, however objects automatically removed when the garbage collector clears the weak reference.

Note: Many methods on the WeakValueCache are delegated to the inner hard reference cache, including: size(), iterator(), entryIterator(), etc. Among other things this means that you can NOT enumerate the entries in the weak value cache, but only in the inner hard reference cache.


This class implements an LRU policy. Once the cache reaches capacity inserting a new object into the cache causes the Least Recently Used object to be evicted from the cache. A listener may be registered against the cache and will be notified when objects are evicted from the cache.


This package is designed to support efficient incremental writes of dirty objects which are no longer strongly reachable against a persistence layer. The application is typically an object database framework, such as the Generic Object Model (GOM).

A WeakValueCache is constructed using the LRUCache as its inner hard reference map. The persistence layer then registers a listener for cache eviction events against the WeakValueCache, but the listener is actually set on the inner hard reference map - the LRUCache. When the persistence layer receivies cache eviction notices they are from the inner hard reference map.

The capacity of the inner LRUCache determines the maximum #of dirty objects that may exist within the context administered by the WeakValueCache (there is no limit imposed on the #of clean objects). When the persistence layer fetches an object, it put()s it into the WeakValueCache with the dirty flag set to false. When the object becomes dirty it notifies the WeakValueCache using put() with the dirty flag set to true. Both operations cause the LRUCache ordering to be updated. While the WeakValueCache will contain all weakly reachable objects that it administers, the LRUCache capacity is fixed when it is created. Once the LRUCache is at capacity a put() of an object against the WeakValueCache that is not also in the LRUCache force the eviction of another object from the LRUCache.

When the LRUCache evicts an object, the listener receives notice via the WeakValueCache listener. If the notice indicates that the object is dirty, then the listener must cause the persistent state of the object to be updated within the backing store (which may be a transaction scope). Typically this means serializing the persistent state of the object and requesting that the persistence layer update its copy of the object state.

On commit, all dirty objects on the inner LRUCache must be flushed to the persistence layer.

Each object in the cache is either clear or dirty. The dirty flag state is normally managed using ICachePolicy#put(long, Object, boolean). During a cache eviction, the object evicted from the cache gets written through to the persistence layer. However it is not necessary to clear the dirty flag during a cache eviction since the cache entry will be either recycled or discarded. The only case where the client needs to directly set the dirty flag state is during a commit iff the application layer will continue to have access to the object cache. This is because objects may remain in the cache after the commit but they are no longer dirty since they were written through to the persistence layer during the commit.

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