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hi guys

I have some executor service code which i want to re-write using fork-join. I am looking for better scalability.

ExecutorService executor = Executors.newFixedThreadPool(3);                        
 final HSSFWorkbook runnableWb = wb;
 Runnable expTask = new Runnable(){        
 public void run(){        
 getExportDocumentObject(true, "Excel",buffer, mReq,runnableWb);
 }
executor.submit(expTask);
shutdownAndAwaitTermination(executor);

How do i rewrite the above code snippet using fork join API?

thanks
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by:royjayd
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fork-join is a new feature provided in java 7 if i am not mistaken. If anyone has worked with it i would greatly appreciate any help.
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by:mccarl
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As explained in this Java Tutorial, the actual code that does the work needs to be explicitly coded to work with the Fork/Join API. It's not something where you can just submit your method that does the work to a different API and you somehow magically get better scalability, multithreaded code. You need to actually think about your problem and what the code (within that getExportDocumentObject method) is doing and work out a) if there are benefits of doing multi-threading and if so, b) actually changing that code to do be able to be run in a multi-threaded way.

As I asked in another of your questions on this stuff, what is actually happening within that method, eg. database access, filesystem acces, CPU intensive algorithms, etc? Also, you claim that you are after better scalability; what have you done to determine that the current situation is not good enough? As I also said in a different question, the app server will already be servicing your requests in a multi-threaded way, and so it is likely that you will already have a reasonably scalable solution already.
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>>>As I asked in another of your questions on this stuff, what is actually happening within that method
well, the code i posted is just an example. It could be any code. I want to learn how to use fork-join implimentation and the benefits of using it.
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>>> well, the code i posted is just an example.

But, in your original question you said...

>>> How do i rewrite the above code snippet using fork join API?

Hence, why I was specifically responding with regards to the above code! Anyway, if as you say, "it could be any code", then the link that I posted provides a good example using "any code". The benefits of it, is that it is just one other way of implementing multi-threaded code, and one that works particularly well with a specific set of problems, ie. problems that can be broken down into smaller units and performed recursively.

I think the link I posted explains it fairly weel, so if you are still after more understanding of the fork-join stuff, are you possibly able to state more specifically what you need more help with?
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