Apama 10.3 | Apama Documentation | Developing Apama Applications | Developing Apama Applications in EPL | Using EPL Plug-ins | Overhead of using plug-ins
Overhead of using plug-ins
The overhead when using EPL plug-ins is very small.
However, you do need to ensure that you do not block the correlator for a long period of time. For example, you do not want to use a plug-in for doing extensive, synchronous, time-consuming calculations.
If you need to perform a time-consuming operation, use asynchronous processing in the plug-in to perform the calculation on a background thread, and then deliver the result via an event to the monitor instance which requested it. For example, your plug-in method might return an ID for the monitor to listen to an event with that ID. When the calculation is complete, the plug-in sends an event with that ID to the context from which it was originally called:
integer id := plugin.compute(inputs);
on ComputeResult(id=id) as cr {
// process cr.result

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