Re: JavaMemoryModel: Revised report on the Java Memory Model

From: Bill Pugh (
Date: Thu May 30 2002 - 16:18:11 EDT

>I was just wondering. When a class gets loaded, does the Java memory
>model state which thread executes the static initializer (if there is one
>of course) of the class?

The class is not initialized when it is loaded. Rather, the first
active use of a thread causes the class to be initialized, and
synchronization is used to ensure that other threads see the results
of the initialization.

See Section 12.4 of the Java Virtual Machine spec for a detailed explanation:
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