by raja 2010-01-29 18:43:02

High-level concurrency features were introduced with version 5.0 of the Java platform. Most of these features are implemented in the new java.util.concurrent packages.

Most of the executor implementations in java.util.concurrent use thread pools, which consist of worker threads. This kind of thread exists separately from the Runnable and Callable tasks it executes and is often used to execute multiple tasks.

Using worker threads minimizes the overhead due to thread creation. Thread objects use a significant amount of memory, and in a large-scale application, allocating and deallocating many thread objects creates a significant memory management overhead.

One common type of thread pool is the fixed thread pool. This type of pool always has a specified number of threads running; if a thread is somehow terminated while it is still in use, it is automatically replaced with a new thread. Tasks are submitted to the pool via an internal queue, which holds extra tasks whenever there are more active tasks than threads.

ScheduledThreadPoolExecutor is an executor class defined in java which can additionally schedule commands to run after a given delay, or to execute periodically.

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