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From: Jody Hagins (jody-boost-011304_at_[hidden])
Date: 2005-12-15 21:20:23

On Thu, 15 Dec 2005 16:01:20 -0600
Thore Karlsen <sid_at_[hidden]> wrote:

> My point is that once a thread is given a connection to work with, it
> can't do anything else while that connection is alive. Since all
> communication is synchronous, the thread will either be processing a
> request, or it will be blocked trying to read or write. It can only
> handle one connection at a time, and it has to handle that connection
> for the lifetime of the connection.
> This obviously doesn't scale. If you want to handle 1000 connections
> simultaneously, you need 1000 threads.
> Note that I'm not disagreeing with you in how thread pools should be
> used in general, I'm only addressing this specific scenario.

But... the thread only owns the connection for the life of one work unit
(well, technically, if it were reading, it would read as much as
possible, package the information, then process as much as possible).
It would then release the "object" and become available for another
piece of work. That piece of work may come from the same connection or
another, it does not really matter.

So, in this instance, I fail to see how it does not scale. It scales
remarkably well, actually. I can handle 1000 connections with a thread
pool of any size, even 1 (though that would defeat the purpose since all
the work would pile up waiting for that one thread).

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