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  2. SOLR-11240

Raise UnInvertedField internal limit


    • Type: Improvement
    • Status: Closed
    • Priority: Minor
    • Resolution: Fixed
    • Affects Version/s: 5.5.4, 6.6
    • Fix Version/s: 7.1, master (8.0)
    • Component/s: faceting
    • Security Level: Public (Default Security Level. Issues are Public)
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      UnInvertedField has via DocTermOrds an internal limitation of 2^24 bytes for byte-arrays holding term ordinals. For String faceting on high-cardinality Text fields, this can trigger the exception with "Too many values for UnInvertedField". A search for that phrase shows that the exception is encountered in the wild.

      The limitation is due to the packing being a combination of values and pointers: If the values (term ordinals) for a given document-ID can fit in an integer, they are stored directly. If the value of the first 8 bits in the integer is 1, it signals that the following 3 bytes (24 bits) is a pointer into a byte-array, limiting the array-size to 16M (2^24).

      Solution: Due to the values being packed at vInts, bit 31 (the last bit) of the integer will never be 1 if the integer contains values. This means that this bit it can be used for signalling whether or not the preceding bits should be parsed as values or a pointer. The effective pointer size is thus 2^31, which matches the array-length limit in Java. Changing the signalling mechanism does not affect space requirements and should not affect performance.

      Note that this is only a 100-fold increase ever the 2^24 limit, not an elimination: Performing uninverted Text field faceting on 100M documents with 5K terms each will still raise an exception.


        1. SOLR-11240.patch
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          Toke Eskildsen
        2. SOLR-11240.patch
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        3. SOLR-11240.patch
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