java.util.concurrent

Class TimeUnit


public class TimeUnit
extends Object

A TimeUnit represents time durations at a given unit of granularity and provides utility methods to convert across units, and to perform timing and delay operations in these units. A TimeUnit does not maintain time information, but only helps organize and use time representations that may be maintained separately across various contexts. A nanosecond is defined as one thousandth of a microsecond, a microsecond as one thousandth of a millisecond, a millisecond as one thousandth of a second, a minute as sixty seconds, an hour as sixty minutes, and a day as twenty four hours.

A TimeUnit is mainly used to inform time-based methods how a given timing parameter should be interpreted. For example, the following code will timeout in 50 milliseconds if the lock is not available:

  Lock lock = ...;
  if ( lock.tryLock(50L, TimeUnit.MILLISECONDS) ) ...
 
while this code will timeout in 50 seconds:
  Lock lock = ...;
  if ( lock.tryLock(50L, TimeUnit.SECONDS) ) ...
 
Note however, that there is no guarantee that a particular timeout implementation will be able to notice the passage of time at the same granularity as the given TimeUnit.
Since:
1.5

Method Summary

Methods inherited from class java.lang.Object

clone, equals, extends Object> getClass, finalize, hashCode, notify, notifyAll, toString, wait, wait, wait