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Multicasting a cold, infinite Observable and using onBackpressureBuffer/Drop to handle overflow
import java.util.concurrent.CountDownLatch;
import rx.Observable;
import rx.observables.ConnectableObservable;
import rx.schedulers.Schedulers;
* This shows how a "reactive pull" compliant "cold" Observable, when multicasted, becomes "hot" and each Subscriber
* must then choose its strategy for overflow.
public class MulticastColdInfiniteBackpressureExample {
public static void main(String[] args) {
final CountDownLatch latch = new CountDownLatch(2);
// multicast a "cold" source
ConnectableObservable<Integer> source = getData(1).publish();
* This buffers so will get the first 2000 of 5000 emitted
.map(i -> "one => " + i).take(2000).finallyDo(() -> latch.countDown()).forEach(System.out::println);
* This drops, so will receive with first 1024 (size of internal buffer) and then pick up in the stream again
* when it can consume more and get large values like 159023.
.map(i -> "two => " + i).take(2000).finallyDo(() -> latch.countDown()).forEach(System.out::println);
try {
} catch (InterruptedException e) {
* Not actually infinite, but large enough to behave such for this example.
public static Observable<Integer> getData(int id) {
return Observable.range(id, Integer.MAX_VALUE).subscribeOn(Schedulers.computation());
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