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Avro >> mail # user >> avro-rpc: running multiple threads on the netty server

Matt Corgan 2013-01-28, 00:16
Matt Corgan 2013-01-31, 02:38
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Re: avro-rpc: running multiple threads on the netty server
Hi Matt,

I do this with some frequency.  The trick is to use Jetty manually to
create an appropriate jetty.Server, and then start it.  The snippets below
should help.

-- Philip

import javax.servlet.Servlet;

import org.apache.avro.ipc.ResponderServlet;
import org.apache.avro.ipc.specific.SpecificResponder;
import org.mortbay.jetty.Server;
import org.mortbay.jetty.servlet.Context;
import org.mortbay.jetty.servlet.ServletHolder;
import org.mortbay.thread.QueuedThreadPool;

  public static Server createAvroServer(int port, String name, int
                                        int maxIdleTimeMs,
                                        SpecificResponder responder)
                                        throws EnterpriseServiceException {
    try {
      Server httpServer = new Server(port);
      QueuedThreadPool qtp = new QueuedThreadPool();
      // QueuedThreadPool is jetty's thread pool implementation;
      // this lets us give it a name.
      Servlet servlet = new ResponderServlet(responder);
      new Context(httpServer, "/").addServlet(new ServletHolder(servlet),
      return httpServer;
    } catch (Exception e) {
      throw new EnterpriseServiceException(e);

   // main:
      SpecificResponder responder = new SpecificResponder(
              new XXXImpl());
      server = createAvroServer(listenPort, "somename",
                   maxThreads, maxIdleTimeMs, responder);
On Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 6:38 PM, Matt Corgan <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

> hmm - i haven't heard any suggestions in the past few days... maybe a
> really short version of the question:  Can an Avro-rpc Netty server process
> requests in parallel?  Will it still process in parallel if they're from
> the same client?
> Thanks much,
> Matt
> On Sun, Jan 27, 2013 at 4:16 PM, Matt Corgan <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I'm trying to familiarize myself with avro-rpc by running and tweaking
>> the example at https://github.com/jbaldassari/Avro-RPC.  By the way,
>> thanks for creating this example James.
>> I'm using the BidderTest.sendBidRequestWithCallback method and am trying
>> to get the server to process the requests in parallel, which is something
>> i'll need in my application.  I use the DelayInjectingBidder with delay of
>> 90ms so i can watch what's happening on the server.  By debugging the
>> client, I see that all requests do in fact make it to the server without
>> blocking, but watching the server log i see that each request is processed
>> sequentially.  So it takes ~9s to process 100 messages.
>> Digging into the NettyServer constructor, I see the default
>> ChannelFactory uses Executors.newCachedThreadPool() for the Boss and Worker
>> executors.  I tried overriding the worker with
>> Executors.newFixedThreadPool(8) but didn't notice any difference.  Looking
>> at the threads running in Eclipse Debug mode, i see the following threads
>> which confirms that there is only one worker:
>> org.eclipse.jdt.internal.junit.runner.RemoteTestRunner at localhost:50255
>> Thread [main] (Running)
>>  Thread [ReaderThread] (Running)
>> Thread [New I/O server boss #2 ([id: 0x6a5dd151,
>> /0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:45633])] (Running)
>>  Thread [Avro NettyTransceiver Boss 1] (Running)
>> Thread [New I/O server worker #2-1] (Running)
>>  Thread [New I/O client worker #1-1] (Running)
>> I also see that the NettyTransceiver has configurable thread pools, but
>> I'm not clear on what the Transceiver's role is (client side thing?), and
>> fiddling with its ChannelFactory is causing exceptions.
>> Is is possible that the behavior of the BidderTest client doesn't trigger
>> the multi-threaded server even though it's configured correctly, or that
>> the server processes all requests from a single client sequentially?
Philip Zeyliger 2013-01-31, 03:04
Matt Corgan 2013-01-31, 03:27