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Java virtual threads hit with pinning issue

February 23, 2024

Java’s virtual threads, introduced in JDK 21 in September 2023 to make it easier to write and maintain concurrent applications, has suffered from a “pinning” issue that arises with synchronized methods or synchronized statements.

Oracle detailed the virtual thread pinning issue this week on the Inside Java website. The two most common cases involve a virtual thread parking while in a synchronized method, and a virtual thread blocking when entering a synchronized method, because the object’s associated monitor is held by another thread. In both cases, the carrier or native thread is not released to do other other work.

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