Java always have 10 threads running in a loop

Posted on 2013-10-24
Last Modified: 2013-10-24

I have a loop that basically runs indefinitely until I stop it- it is implemented with a thread because I want to be able to stop it with a button.

Inside the loop I get a value from the db, pass that value to a function that processes the value.

Then next loop is started.

Because I want to process data fast I was running 10 or 20 instances of the same application.

Now I think it would be easier to start multiple (for example 10) threads in one instance that call the processing function for "value".

How do I do this best? So that always when one thread ends a next one is created that gets a value from the db and sends it to myprocess()

This is the basic structure of the code:


private void jButton1ActionPerformed(java.awt.event.ActionEvent evt) {   

        if (a == null) {
            a = new Thread(new Runnable() {
                int counters;

                public void run() {
                    while (true) {

-->get data from db
-->value = value from db

} //next

    public static void myprocess() {
do processing for the value

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Maybe also a bit of a problem that value is a defined in a variable and not passed to the function, so maybe this gives some mixup when multithreading?

public class NewJFrame2 extends javax.swing.JFrame {
    public static String value

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When one of the 10 threads is finished a new one should be started.

Or do I have to restructure the whole thing so it will work?

Question by:netslt
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ID: 39597625
Sounds like you'd be better off with a thread pool with those ten threads running constantly

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OK I now had a quick look at fixed thread pool.

What I don't understand is how  I add new tasks to the pool?

Do I do that from inside my loop?

How to make sure not to add to many tasks to the pool to fast?

What would be the basic structure to achieve the same thing as in my code example above?

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ID: 39597694
Well you wouldn't add new tasks would you? Why not just have n tasks running constantly?
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Author Comment

ID: 39597750
ok so that would mean that each thread starts/contains a indefinite loop that connects to the db & sends the result to myprocess()?
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ID: 39597769
Yes, that's one way of doing it. That way, you don't have the overhead of thread setup

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ID: 39597795
ok, thanks. I will try that.
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