Possible approaches to JDK-8185886: Improve scrolling performance of TableView and TreeTableView

Nir Lisker nlisker at gmail.com
Sun Aug 30 16:59:16 UTC 2020

I didn't review these in detail, except for #1, which I think is worth it
regardless, as it encompasses many more cases.

If the authors of these can provide before and after benchmarks, we could
also test what combinations of them are relevant. If we do #1, maybe others
won't improve performance much.

On Thu, Aug 27, 2020 at 3:18 AM Kevin Rushforth <kevin.rushforth at oracle.com>

> Sorry for the badly formatted html. Here it is again.
> I see some progress being made on the {Tree}TableView performance issue.
> To summarize where I think we are:
> There are currently 2 different approaches under review:
> 1. https://github.com/openjdk/jfx/pull/108 : optimization in javafx.base
> to make removing listeners faster
> 2. https://github.com/openjdk/jfx/pull/125 : optimization in TableView
> to reduce the number of add / removes
> In addition, the following is a WIP PR that the author thinks could be a
> 3rd approach:
> 3. https://github.com/openjdk/jfx/pull/185 : optimization in scene graph
> to avoid install treeShowing listeners on Window and Scene for all nodes
> Jose has proposed a 4th approach as a comment to PR #108, and as I
> understand it, he will propose a PR shortly.
> 4. Don't clear the list of children in a VirtualFlow when the number of
> items changes.
> So the first thing that is needed is to evaluate the approaches and
> decide which one to pursue.
> Options 1 and 3 are more broad in their scope, option #2 is more
> targeted (to TableView), but within that area is a larger change. Option
> #3 would remove the (internal) treeShowing property as a generally
> available concept and only use it for controls like ProgressIndicator
> that really need it. Option #4 affects only controls that use
> VirtualFlow (ListView, TableVIew, TreeTableView), and seems not to be a
> large change (presuming we can verify that no leak is introduced).
> I note that these fixes are not mutually exclusive, but I do think we
> need to settle on a primary approach and use that to fix this issue. If
> there are still performance problems after that fix, we can consider one
> (or more) of the others.
> Comments?
> -- Kevin

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