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  2. AXIS-2597

CLONE -SimpleUUIDGen.nextUUID() is very, very, very slow


    • Type: Bug
    • Status: Open
    • Priority: Major
    • Resolution: Unresolved
    • Affects Version/s: 1.1
    • Fix Version/s: None
    • Component/s: None
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      It takes .4917 seconds to generate just one UUID. (Yes, seconds.) This renders the feature very nearly useless.

      In SimpleUUIDGen, there is a simple, but very expensive, bug.. It creates a new instance of SecureRandom on each call to nextUUID(). Making a new instance of SecureRandom is very expensive because it has to set up the environment for producing cryptographically strong random numbers.

      The instance of SecureRandom should be in a static variable and init'ed just once. Then, you call getNextLong() when you want another number from it. It would be much faster that way without compromising the integrity of the UUIDs generated.

      BTW, If you look at the comment I copied from the code, it appears that this is what the developer meant to make the SecureRandom instance static, but forgot.


      • Creates a new UUID. The algorithm used is described by The Open Group.
      • See <a href="http://www.opengroup.org/onlinepubs/009629399/apdxa.htm">
      • Universal Unique Identifier</a> for more details.
      • <p>
      • Due to a lack of functionality in Java, a part of the UUID is a secure
      • random. This results in a long processing time when this method is called
      • for the first time.

      Here's a proposed fix. In the member variables, add the following.

      private static Random secureRandom = null;
      static {

      { secureRandom = SecureRandom.getInstance("SHA1PRNG", "SUN"); }

      catch (Exception e)

      { secureRandom = new Random(); }


      The, remove the code near line 235 where the SecureRandom is being created.

      This change should do it just once.


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                elwin_ho Elwin Ho
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