A customized implementation of java.util.HashMap designed to operate in a multithreaded environment where the large majority of method calls are read-only, instead of structural changes. When operating in "fast" mode, read calls are non-synchronized and write calls perform the following steps:
1.Clone the existing collection
2.Perform the modification on the clone
3.Replace the existing collection with the (modified) clone
When first created, objects of this class default to "slow" mode, where all accesses of any type are synchronized but no cloning takes place. This is appropriate for initially populating the collection, followed by a switch to "fast" mode (by calling setFast(true)) after initialization is complete.