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package org.apache.mina.core.buffer;

import java.nio.ByteBuffer;

/**
 * Allocates {@link IoBuffer}s and manages them.  Please implement this
 * interface if you need more advanced memory management scheme.
 *
 * @author <a href="http://mina.apache.org">Apache MINA Project</a>
 */
public interface IoBufferAllocator {
    /**
     * Returns the buffer which is capable of the specified size.
     *
     * @param capacity the capacity of the buffer
     * @param direct <tt>true</tt> to get a direct buffer,
     *               <tt>false</tt> to get a heap buffer.
     */
    IoBuffer allocate(int capacity, boolean direct);

    /**
     * Returns the NIO buffer which is capable of the specified size.
     *
     * @param capacity the capacity of the buffer
     * @param direct <tt>true</tt> to get a direct buffer,
     *               <tt>false</tt> to get a heap buffer.
     */
    ByteBuffer allocateNioBuffer(int capacity, boolean direct);

    /**
     * Wraps the specified NIO {@link ByteBuffer} into MINA buffer.
     */
    IoBuffer wrap(ByteBuffer nioBuffer);

    /**
     * Dispose of this allocator.
     */
    void dispose();
}
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