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Scala example source code file (Actor.scala)

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actor, actorfunctions, actorinstances, actorutils, atomicreference, contravariant, int, node, run, strategy, throwable, tofunctionfromactor, unit

The Actor.scala Scala example source code

package scalaz
package concurrent

import java.util.concurrent.atomic.AtomicReference

 * Processes messages of type `A`, one at a time. Messages are submitted to
 * the actor with the method `!`. Processing is typically performed asynchronously,
 * this is controlled by the provided `strategy`.
 * Memory consistency guarantee: when each message is processed by the `handler`, any memory that it
 * mutates is guaranteed to be visible by the `handler` when it processes the next message, even if
 * the `strategy` runs the invocations of `handler` on separate threads. This is achieved because
 * the `Actor` reads a volatile memory location before entering its event loop, and writes to the same
 * location before suspending.
 * Implementation based on non-intrusive MPSC node-based queue, described by Dmitriy Vyukov:
 * [[http://www.1024cores.net/home/lock-free-algorithms/queues/non-intrusive-mpsc-node-based-queue]]
 * @param handler  The message handler
 * @param onError  Exception handler, called if the message handler throws any `Throwable`.
 * @param strategy Execution strategy, for example, a strategy that is backed by an `ExecutorService`
 * @tparam A       The type of messages accepted by this actor.
final case class Actor[A](handler: A => Unit, onError: Throwable => Unit = ActorUtils.rethrowError)
                         (implicit val strategy: Strategy) {
  private[this] val head = new AtomicReference[Node[A]]

  val toEffect: Run[A] = Run[A](a => this ! a)

  /** Alias for `apply` */
  def !(a: A): Unit = {
    val n = new Node(a)
    val h = head.getAndSet(n)
    if (h ne null) h.lazySet(n)
    else schedule(n)

  /** Pass the message `a` to the mailbox of this actor */
  def apply(a: A): Unit = this ! a

  def contramap[B](f: B => A): Actor[B] = new Actor[B](b => this ! f(b), onError)(strategy)

  private def schedule(n: Node[A]): Unit = strategy(act(n))

  private def act(n: Node[A], i: Int = 1024): Unit = {
    try handler(n.a) catch {
      case ex: Throwable => onError(ex)
    val n2 = n.get
    if (n2 eq null) scheduleLastTry(n)
    else if (i == 0) schedule(n2)
    else act(n2, i - 1)

  private def scheduleLastTry(n: Node[A]): Unit = strategy(lastTry(n))

  private def lastTry(n: Node[A]): Unit = if (!head.compareAndSet(n, null)) act(next(n))

  private def next(n: Node[A]): Node[A] = {
    val n2 = n.get
    if (n2 ne null) n2
    else next(n)

private class Node[A](val a: A) extends AtomicReference[Node[A]]

private object ActorUtils {
  val rethrowError: Throwable => Unit = throw _

object Actor extends ActorInstances with ActorFunctions

sealed abstract class ActorInstances {
  implicit val actorContravariant: Contravariant[Actor] = new Contravariant[Actor] {
    def contramap[A, B](r: Actor[A])(f: B => A): Actor[B] = r contramap f

trait ActorFunctions {
  def actor[A](handler: A => Unit, onError: Throwable => Unit = ActorUtils.rethrowError)
              (implicit s: Strategy): Actor[A] = new Actor[A](handler, onError)(s)

  implicit def ToFunctionFromActor[A](a: Actor[A]): A => Unit = a ! _

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