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Book about what the JVM does with threads

Vinicius Munhoz

Joined: Jan 28, 2010
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Please i'm doing a final paper for the university and i need a book that explains about how the JVM manages the threads.
any one can recomend me a nice book about it?

Thank you,

Henry Wong

Joined: Sep 28, 2004
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Basically, all modern JVMs will delegate the threading tasks to the underlying threading system. For Linux, it will be the POSIX threading API. For Solaris, it will be Solaris threads. And for Windows, obviously, it will be the Windows threading system. This means that the behavior is passed down to the underlying operating system (and the user level library code) -- scheduling, priority levels mapping, support for priority inheritance, etc. etc. etc.

So... there isn't a single answer to your question. How the JVM manages threads is, hence, implementation specific.


Books: Java Threads, 3rd Edition, Jini in a Nutshell, and Java Gems (contributor)
Vedhas Pitkar
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Joined: Jan 27, 2001
Posts: 445
Does that mean a multithreaded application will behave differently on the OS'es you mentioned above?
Istvan Kovacs
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Joined: May 06, 2010
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Vedhas Pitkar wrote:Does that mean a multithreaded application will behave differently on the OS'es you mentioned above?

A correctly written multithreaded application will work well on all platforms. However, there are some mistakes that are easy to make, and bad code may work on one platform and not on another. For example, long assignment may be implemented as two separate 32-bit writes; depending on the VM and hardware, it may possible to read a half-written long (if no correct synchronization is used; everything will work on all platforms if properly synchronized).
Playing with thread priorities is another issue: Java thread priorities must be mapped to the thread priorities supported by the underlying OS. If you rely on priorities in scheduling, you'll end up with a fragile, OS-dependent program.

A good book is Java Concurrency in Practice.
aryan Sharma

Joined: Oct 10, 2005
Posts: 27
you may want to look at the JVM spec to understand how exactly the threads are handled. you could use for your reference.
Maris Orbidans
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Joined: Mar 08, 2004
Posts: 149
How threads interact is described in Java Memory Model. You can read the JMM specification or 'Java Concurrency in Practice' book.
Vadym Ustymenko

Joined: Jun 25, 2006
Posts: 5
Here is an article on how JVM manages resources shared in concurrent execution:
I agree. Here's the link:
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