Optimizations and performance improvements

The xsl:result-document instruction in Saxon-EE is now asynchronous. That is, the code to output the result document runs in a separate thread, in parallel with other processing. The maximum number of threads used by xsl:result-document instructions is limited by the configuration option RESULT_DOCUMENT_THREADS which defaults to the number of processors available to the Java VM; setting this to zero or one will suppress multithreading. Setting ALLOW_MULTITHREADING to false has the same effect. (This can be useful when debugging, because otherwise the output from xsl:message and fn:trace() can be very confusing).

Asynchrony can also potentially cause problems if the code calls extension functions that have side-effects. Multi-threading can therefore be controlled, if required, using the saxon:asynchronous attribute on the xsl:result-document instruction: use saxon:asynchronous="no" to suppress multi-threading. Asynchronous processing of xsl:result-document is automatically suppressed if tracing (using a TraceListener) is enabled.

The collection() function is also now multi-threaded in Saxon-EE. Each document in the collection is parsed in a separate thread, and the documents are processed in the order in which parsing completes. This makes the order of the documents less predictable than in previous releases, though it was never guaranteed or documented.