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From "Martin Desruisseaux (Jira)" <>
Subject [jira] [Created] (SIS-487) Define a synchronization policy for WritableRenderedImage
Date Wed, 08 Jan 2020 10:13:00 GMT
Martin Desruisseaux created SIS-487:

             Summary: Define a synchronization policy for WritableRenderedImage
                 Key: SIS-487
             Project: Spatial Information Systems
          Issue Type: Task
          Components: Features
    Affects Versions: 1.1
            Reporter: Martin Desruisseaux

Apache SIS 1.1 provides a {{ComputedImage}} class which manages automatically the synchronization
locks for {{computeTile(tileX, tileY)}} invocations. However we currently have no synchronization
mechanism if users invoke {{getWritableTile(tileX, tileY)}} method and writes themselves in
the image (outside {{computeTile(tileX, tileY)}} method).

We could easily use {{ReentrantLock}} in {{getWritableTile(…)}} / {{releaseWritableTile(…)}}
methods since those two methods shall be invoked in pairs. But this lock would not be fully
effective, because we would also need to acquire/release lock in {{getTile(…)}} method (for
read-only raster) but have no easy way of doing that. The problem is that there is no {{releaseTile(…)}}
method for raster acquired in read-only mode.

Some possible actions are:

* *Copy-on-write strategy:* {{getWritableTile(…)}} returns a _copy_ of the tile and that
copy replaces the original tile when {{releaseWritableTile(…)}} is invoked. Inconvenient
is that this strategy may have signification performance and memory impact because of potentially
large amount of copy operations.
* *User responsibility:* Provides a {{ReadWriteLock}} per image and let users do the synchronization

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