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  1. Lucene - Core
  2. LUCENE-7462

Faster search APIs for doc values



    • Improvement
    • Status: Resolved
    • Minor
    • Resolution: Fixed
    • 7.0
    • 7.0
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    • New


      While the iterator API helps deal with sparse doc values more efficiently, it also makes search-time operations more costly. For instance, the old random-access API allowed to compute facets on a given segment without any conditionals, by just incrementing the counter at index ordinal+1 while the new API requires to advance the iterator if necessary and then check whether it is exactly on the right document or not.

      Since it is very common for fields to exist across most documents, I suspect codecs will keep an internal structure that is similar to the current codec in the dense case, by having a dense representation of the data and just making the iterator skip over the minority of documents that do not have a value.

      I suggest that we add APIs that make things cheaper at search time. For instance in the case of SORTED doc values, it could look like LegacySortedDocValues with the additional restriction that documents can only be consumed in order. Codecs that can implement this API efficiently would hide it behind a SortedDocValues adapter, and then at search time facets and comparators (which liked the LegacySortedDocValues API better) would either unwrap or hide the SortedDocValues they got behind a more random-access API (which would only happen in the truly sparse case if the codec optimizes the dense case).

      One challenge is that we already use the same idea for hiding single-valued impls behind multi-valued impls, so we would need to enforce the order in which the wrapping needs to happen. At first sight, it seems that it would be best to do the single-value-behind-multi-value-API wrapping above the random-access-behind-iterator-API wrapping. The complexity of wrapping/unwrapping in the right order could be contained in the DocValues helper class.

      I think this change would also simplify search-time consumption of doc values, which currently needs to spend several lines of code positioning the iterator everytime it needs to do something interesting with doc values.


        1. LUCENE-7462.patch
          108 kB
          Adrien Grand
        2. LUCENE-7462-advanceExact.patch
          11 kB
          Adrien Grand

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