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Faster Object Arrays

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Gil Tene introduces org.ObjectLayout and StructuredArray, the APIs and design considerations that allow Java JDKs to match C on data structure access speeds. Filmed at qconsf.com.

Gil Tene is CTO and co-founder of Azul Systems. He has been involved with virtual machine technologies for the past 20 years and has been building Java technology-based products since 1995.

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Faster Object Arrays

  1. 1. Faster Object Arrays Closing the [last?] inherent C ©2014 Azul Systems, Inc. vs. Java speed gap http://www.objectlayout.org Gil Tene, CTO & co-Founder, Azul Systems
  2. 2. Watch the video with slide synchronization on InfoQ.com! http://www.infoq.com/presentations /objectlayout-structuredarray InfoQ.com: News & Community Site • 750,000 unique visitors/month • Published in 4 languages (English, Chinese, Japanese and Brazilian Portuguese) • Post content from our QCon conferences • News 15-20 / week • Articles 3-4 / week • Presentations (videos) 12-15 / week • Interviews 2-3 / week • Books 1 / month
  3. 3. Presented at QCon San Francisco www.qconsf.com Purpose of QCon - to empower software development by facilitating the spread of knowledge and innovation Strategy - practitioner-driven conference designed for YOU: influencers of change and innovation in your teams - speakers and topics driving the evolution and innovation - connecting and catalyzing the influencers and innovators Highlights - attended by more than 12,000 delegates since 2007 - held in 9 cities worldwide
  4. 4. ©2014 Azul Systems, Inc. org.ObjectLayout Focus: Match the raw speed benefits C based languages get from commonly used forms of memory layout Expose these benefits to normal idiomatic POJO use Focus: Speed. For regular Java Objects. On the heap. Not looking for: Improved footprint off-heap solutions immutability These are all orthogonal concerns }
  5. 5. org.ObjectLayout: goal overlap? ©2014 Azul Systems, Inc. Value types? Packed Objects? Relationship to Value types: none Relationship to Packet Objects (or JNR/FFI): none Laser-focused on a different problem Does not conflict or contradict concerns that drive these other efforts Minimal overlap does exist … The kind of overlap that ArrayList and HashMap have as good alternatives of a bag of objects
  6. 6. Value types Speed! For any Object ObjectLayout Packed objects & JNR/FFI On Heap precise layout control Off Heap Sharing data Immutable Return values On-stack Objects usable by all existing On Heap New code code Array of small-footprint values New code
  7. 7. ©2014 Azul Systems, Inc. org.ObjectLayout Origin ObjectLayout/StructuredArray started with a simple argument. The common sides of the argument are: “We need structs in Java…”: Look at all the unsafe direct access stuff we do using flyweights over buffers or byte arrays, just to squeeze out speed that C gets trivially… “We already have structs. They are called Objects.”: What we need is competitively speedy access for the data collection semantics that are currently faster in C It’s all about capturing “enabling semantic limitations”
  8. 8. ©2014 Azul Systems, Inc. speed comes from ??? C’s layout speed benefits are dominated by two factors: Dead reckoning: Data address derived from containing object address no data-dependent load operation Streaming (e.g. in the case of an array of structs): sequential access through multiple members predictable striding access in memory prefetch logic compensates for miss latency
  9. 9. example of speed-enabling limitations Why is Object[] inherently slower than struct foo[]? Java: a mutable array of same-base-type objects C: An immutable array of exact-same-type structures Mutability (of the array) & non-uniform member size both (individually) force de-reference & break streaming StructuredArray<T>: An immutable array of [potentially] mutable exact-same-type (T) objects ©2014 Azul Systems, Inc. Supports Instantiation, get(), but not put()…
  10. 10. org.ObjectLayout target forms The common C-style constructs we seek to match: array of structs ©2014 Azul Systems, Inc. struct foo[]; struct with struct inside struct foo { int a; struct bar b; int c; }; struct with array at the end struct packet { int length; char[] body; } None are currently (speed) matched in Java
  11. 11. org.ObjectLayout: starting point Capture the semantics that enable speed in the various C-like data layout forms behaviors Theory: we can do this all with no language change… Capture the needed semantics in “vanilla” Java classes (targeting e.g. Java SE 6) Have JDKs recognize and intrinsify behavior, optimizing memory layout and access operations “Vanilla” and “Intrinsified” implementation behavior should be indistinguishable (except for speed) ©2014 Azul Systems, Inc.
  12. 12. Modeled after java.util.concurrent Captured semantics enabled fast concurrent operations No language changes. No required JVM changes. Implementable in “vanilla” Java classes outside of JDK e.g. AtomicLong CAS could be done with synchronized JDKs improved to recognize and intrinsify behavior e.g. AtomicLong CAS is a single x86 instruction Moved into JDK and Java name space in order to secure intrinsification and gain legitimate access to unsafe ©2014 Azul Systems, Inc.
  13. 13. org.ObjectLayout.StructuredArray array of structs ©2014 Azul Systems, Inc. struct foo[]; struct with struct inside struct foo { int a; struct bar b; int c; }; struct with array at the end struct packet { int len; char[] body; }
  14. 14. ©2014 Azul Systems, Inc. StructuredArray<T> A collection of object instances of arbitrary type T Arranged as array: T element = get(index); Collection is immutable: cannot replace elements Instantiated via factory method: a = StructuredArray.newInstance(SomeClass.class, 100); All elements constructed at instantiation time Supports arbitrary constructor and args for members Including support for index-specific CtorAndArgs
  15. 15. StructuredArray<T> liveness We considered an “inner pointer keeps container alive” approach, because that what other runtimes seem to do with arrays of structs and field references But then we realized: real objects have real liveness A StructuredArray is just a regular idiomatic collection The collection keeps it’s members alive Collection members don’t (implicitly) keep it alive *** Under the hood, optimized implementations will want to keep the collection “together” as long as it is alive ©2014 Azul Systems, Inc.
  16. 16. Benefits of liveness approach StructuredArray is just a collection of objects No special behavior: acts like any other collection Happens to be fast on JDKs that optimize it Elements of a StructuredArray are regular objects Can participate in other collections and object graphs Can be locked Can have an identity hashcode Can be passed along to any existing java code It’s “natural”, and it’s easier to support in the JVM ©2014 Azul Systems, Inc.
  17. 17. StructuredArray<T> continued… Indexes are longs (it’s 2014…) Nested arrays are supported (multi-dim, composable) Non-leaf Elements are themselves StructuredArrays StructuredArray is subclassable Supports some useful coding styles and optimizations StructuredArray is not constructable must be created with factory methods (*** Did you spot that small contradiction?) ©2014 Azul Systems, Inc.
  18. 18. Optimized JDK implementation A new heap concept: “contained” and “container” objects Contained and container objects are regular objects Given a contained object, there is a means of finding the immediately containing object If GC needs to move an object that is contained in a live container object, it will move the entire container Very simple to implement in all current OpenJDK GC mechanisms (and in Zing’s C4, and in others, we think) More details on github & in project discussion ©2014 Azul Systems, Inc.
  19. 19. Optimized JDK implementation Streaming benefits come directly from layout No compiler optimizations needed Dead-reckoning benefits require some compiler support no dereferencing, but…. e = (T) ( a + a.bodySize + (index * a.elementSize) ); elementSize and bodySize are not constant But optimizations similar to CHA & inline-cache apply More details in project discussion… ©2014 Azul Systems, Inc.
  20. 20. ©2014 Azul Systems, Inc. ObjectLayout forms 2 & 3 array of structs struct foo[]; struct with struct inside struct foo { int a; struct bar b; int c; }; struct with array at the end struct packet { int len; char[] body; }
  21. 21. ©2014 Azul Systems, Inc. “struct in struct”: intrinsic objects Object instance x is intrinsic to object instance y: Class Line { @Intrinsic private final Point endPoint1 = IntrinsicObjects.constructWithin(“endpoint1”, this); … } Intrinsic objects can be laid out within containing object Must deal with & survive reflection based overwrites
  22. 22. “struct with array at the end”: ©2014 Azul Systems, Inc. subclassable arrays Semantics well captured by subclassable arrays classes ObjectLayout describes one for each primitive type. E.g. PrimitiveLongArray, PrimitiveDoubleArray, etc… Also ReferenceArray<T> StructuredArray<T> is also subclassable, and captures “struct with array of structs at the end”
  23. 23. The org.ObjectLayout forms: StructuredArray<T> facilitates: ©2014 Azul Systems, Inc. “struct foo[];" @Intrinsic of member objects facilitates: “struct foo { int a; struct bar b; int c; };” PrimitiveLongArray, .. , ReferenceArray facilitate: “struct packet { int len; char[] body; }”
  24. 24. The three forms are composable public class Octagons extends StructuredArray<Octagon> … public class Octagon { @Intrinsic(length = 8) private final StructuredArrayOfPoint points = ©2014 Azul Systems, Inc. IntrinsicObjects.constructWithin(“points”, this); … } public class StructuredArrayOfPoint extends StructuredArray<Point>…
  25. 25. ©2014 Azul Systems, Inc. Status Vanilla Java code on github. Public domain under CC0. See http://www.objectlayout.org Fairly mature semantically. Working out “spelling” Intrinsified implementations coming over the next few months for both Zing and OpenJDK Next steps: OpenJDK project with working code, JEP… Aim: Add ObjectLayout to Java SE (9?) Vanilla implementation will work on all JDKs
  26. 26. ©2014 Azul Systems, Inc. ObjectLayout Summary New Java classes: org.ObjectLayout.* Propose to move into java namespace in Java SE (9?) Work “out of the box” on Java 6, 7, 8, 9, … No syntax changes, No new bytecodes No new required JVM behavior Can “go fast” on JDKs that optimize for them Relatively simple, isolated JVM changes needed Proposing to include “go fast” in OpenJDK (9?) Zing will support “go fast” for Java 6, 7, 8, 9, …
  27. 27. Q & A @giltene http://www.azulsystems.com http://objectlayout.org https://github.com/ObjectLayout/ObjectLayout
  28. 28. Watch the video with slide synchronization on InfoQ.com! http://www.infoq.com/presentations/objectlayout -structuredarray

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