Service Reference Configuration Object Cache

Cache ReferenceConfig in Dubbo3

Feature description

The ReferenceConfig instance is heavy, encapsulates the connection to the registry and the connection to the provider, and needs to be cached. Otherwise repeatedly generating ReferenceConfig may cause performance problems and have memory and connection leaks. It’s easy to overlook this problem when programming in the API way.

Therefore, since 2.4.0 version, dubbo provides a simple tool class ReferenceConfigCache for caching ReferenceConfig instances.

scenes to be used

There are scenarios such as gateways that dynamically create subscriptions. Because ReferenceConfig itself is very heavy, it will create a lot of intermediate objects, and proxy itself can be reused, so the properties of this part can be cached through ReferenceConfigCache.

How to use

Eliminate and destroy

Eliminating the ReferenceConfig in the Cache will destroy the ReferenceConfig and release the corresponding resources.

ReferenceConfig<XxxService> reference = new ReferenceConfig<XxxService>();
reference.setInterface(XxxService.class);
reference.setVersion("1.0.0");
 …
ReferenceConfigCache cache = ReferenceConfigCache. getCache();
// The reference object will be cached in the cache.get method, and the ReferenceConfig.get method will be called to start the ReferenceConfig
XxxService xxxService = cache. get(reference);
// Notice! The Cache will hold the ReferenceConfig, do not call the destroy method of the ReferenceConfig outside, causing the ReferenceConfig in the Cache to become invalid!
// Use the xxxService object
xxxService. sayHello();
ReferenceConfigCache cache = ReferenceConfigCache. getCache();
cache.destroy(reference);

The default ReferenceConfigCache considers ReferenceConfig of the same service group, interface, and version to be the same, and caches a copy. That is, the service group, interface, and version are cached keys.

Modify strategy

You can modify this strategy to pass a KeyGenerator when ReferenceConfigCache.getCache. See methods of the ReferenceConfigCache class for details.

KeyGenerator keyGenerator = new...
ReferenceConfigCache cache = ReferenceConfigCache. getCache(keyGenerator);

Last modified January 2, 2023: Enhance en docs (#1798) (95a9f4f6c)