# Re: Using Enumerated Types as Array Indexes

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Fri, 19 Aug 2011 14:13:18 +0200
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On 18.08.2011 03:50, Eric Sosman wrote:

On 8/17/2011 7:09 PM, markspace wrote:

On 8/17/2011 10:02 AM, Robert Klemme wrote:

1. There was an AtomicInteger initialized at startup with 0 which for
every request coming into that system was incremented in a thread safe
manner (incrementAndGet()).

I'd be shocked if an int actually overflowed when counting requests like
this, but that's all I can think of. 2^31 is such a huge number, I
didn't think you could get there in practical cases.

He *did* write "two months of uninterrupted [...] usage." Two
months ~= 60 days ~= 5 megaseconds, so a 2G counter overflows if it
increments at ~400 Hz or more, give or take a few backs of envelopes.

Exactly. A good example where it pays off to do the basic math instead
of relying on gut feelings. :-)

Assuming that the AtomicInteger did overflow, then n % y produces
negative numbers if n is negative, a clear AIOOB.

Try : arr[ Math.abs( n ) % arr.length ];

Bzzzzt! Thank you for playing, go back to the rear of the line.
While awaiting your next opportunity, ponder: What is the sign of
Math.abs(Integer.MIN_VALUE)?

All solutions to fix remainder into modulo but keep the wrap around
which have been proposed so far share a common disadvantage: if the
number range is not a multiple of the divisor the value distribution
will not be uniform. Example:

number range: [0,3]
divisor: 3

value sequence:
0 : 0
1 : 1
2 : 2
3 : 0
wrap to 0

0: 50%
1: 25%
2: 25%

Now with Integer.MAX_VALUE and realistic values for the divisor which
are usually much smaller than Integer.MAX_VALUE the effects are not so
dramatic but the repetition of a single value (0 in the example) might
cause trouble for a round robin scheme - even if only once every two
months (in other installations that would mean once every two weeks or
even shorter).

The solution I used to fix this employed a do while loop and
compareAndSet() to reset the value to the beginning of the range (0 in
this case) in a thread safe manner.

Kind regards

robert

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