Getting Started with CoralQueue

CoralQueue is a ultra-low-latency lock-free and garbage-free queue for inter-thread communication. It can be defined as a batching queue backed up by a circular array (i.e. the ring buffer) filled with pre-allocated transfer objects which uses memory-barriers to synchronize producers and consumers through sequences. Fortunately you don’t have to understand all its intrinsic details to use it. In this article we show how to use CoralQueue to send messages from a producer thread to a consumer thread in a very fast way without producing any garbage. Continue reading

Java Development without GC

All products developed by Coral Blocks have the very important feature of leaving ZERO garbage behind. Because the latency imposed by the Java Garbage Collector (i.e. GC) is unacceptable for high-performance systems and because it is impossible to turn off the GC, the best option for real-time systems in Java is to not produce any garbage at all so that the GC never kicks in. Imagine a high-performance matching engine operating in the microsecond level, sending and receiving hundreds of thousands messages per second. If at any given time the GC decides to kick in with its 1+ millisecond latencies, the disruption in the system will be huge. Therefore, if you want to develop real-time systems in Java with minimal variance and latency, the best option is to do it right without creating any garbage for the GC. In this article we will discuss best practices and how you can use Coral Blocks’ MemorySampler utility class to help you accomplish this critical goal. Continue reading

CoralQueue Performance Numbers

In this article we present CoralQueue performance numbers for four different scenarios: message-sender latency, message transit latency, message-sender throughput and message transit throughput. The standard scenario of one producer (message-sender) and one consumer (message-receiver) is used with two possible setups: producer and consumer pinned to the same core (hyper-threading) and producer and consumer pinned to different cores (no hyper-threading). Continue reading

The Simplicity of CoralReactor

CoralReactor is a powerful, easy to use and ultra-low-latency Java library for network communication with zero garbage creation and minimal variance. Moreover, what stands out about CoralReactor is its simplicity. In this article we will demonstrate some examples of clients and servers to get you started with CoralReactor. Continue reading