RFR: 8181147: JNI_GetStringPlatformChars should have a fast path for UTF-8

Martin Buchholz martinrb at google.com
Fri May 26 18:12:51 UTC 2017

I think you've fallen into the trap of confusing UTF-8 and Modified UTF-8.

The prevailing pattern seems to be to write an entirely new UTF-8
implementation for any performance problem involving UTF-8 :-(  e.g. in

On Fri, May 26, 2017 at 10:58 AM, Claes Redestad <claes.redestad at oracle.com>

> Hi,
> various JNI methods in the JDK converts from java Strings to native
> encoding using JNI_GetStringPlatformChars, which has long standing
> optimizations for dealing with various default charsets.
> However, UTF-8 is missing, which is a shame since we have optimized
> utilities for converting from a String to UTF-8-encoded char* (since
> this is the native encoding used by HotSpot internally).
> Webrev: http://cr.openjdk.java.net/~redestad/8181147/jdk.00/
> Bug: https://bugs.openjdk.java.net/browse/JDK-8181147
> Allocation rate can drop significantly in microbenchmarks, e.g., -60%
> in a trivial micro doing new File(path).isHidden() (along with a 30%
> throughput win), while the rate of native allocation with is net neutral.
> (I think the code for FAST_646_US could be removed, since Solaris 8
> support was dropped in JDK 8, but that's a separate RFE...)
> Thanks!
> /Claes

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