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A Static synchronized method (Locks on class instance) and a non-static suynchronised method (Locks on this instance) never block each other
Before we understand this, we know that threads invoking a synchronized non-static method on two different instances, shall not block each other. This is because, each object has its own copy of vulnerable data and the chance of having that data corrupted is negative, if the same data is not being accessed by two concurrent threads. This is because, threads acquire locks on two different objects (This is observable, on two different objects)
Applying the same principle to our problem now. When we invoke a synchronized static method, that thread acquires the lock at class level, actually on a Class instance ( For any class we define in java, there would a corresponding singleton object representing that class.) Threads acquire lock on that object. Meanwhile if any other thread invokes a synchronized Non-static method, this time it holds the lock at object level and actually on the instance of the class.This would be a different object. So two threads on two different objects would not block each other.
Hope I haven't confused you more
priti manas duddilla
Joined: Jul 17, 2007
So that means, Locking on a class has no effect on locking on the object belonging to same class.Both are two different locks.