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From "Doug Cutting (Commented) (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (AVRO-946) GenericData.resolveUnion() performance improvement
Date Mon, 31 Oct 2011 16:13:32 GMT

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Doug Cutting commented on AVRO-946:
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Identity equality may result in multiple entries for a given schema but the cache should still
work correctly.  It would perform poorly if every instance had a different schema, but that's
not likely.

Also note that Schema now caches hash codes.  So even using equals hashing would usually only
result in a single call to equals, to verify the hash entry.  Equals is fast for identical
objects, so, if you used equals hashing, the slow case would be when the cached key is equal
but not identical.

I think identity hashing with weak keys is probably preferable.
                
> GenericData.resolveUnion() performance improvement
> --------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: AVRO-946
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/AVRO-946
>             Project: Avro
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: java
>    Affects Versions: 1.6.0
>            Reporter: Hernan Otero
>
> Due to the sequential nature of today's implementation of GenericData.resolveUnion()
(used when serializing an object):
> {code}
>   public int resolveUnion(Schema union, Object datum) {
>     int i = 0;
>     for (Schema type : union.getTypes()) {
>       if (instanceOf(type, datum))
>         return i;
>       i++;
>     }
>     throw new UnresolvedUnionException(union, datum);
>   }
> {code}
> it showed up when we were doing some serialization performance analysis.  A simple optimization
can be implemented by keeping a map within the UnionSchema object (in fact, this could actually
be a perfect hash map given the potential values in the map are known in advance).  The optimization
is obviously most notable when a Union within the schema contains many types (in our particular
use case, more than 40 in some cases).  In this scenario, we observed a 25% improvement by
using an identity hash map.
> Even though using an identity map provides a significant boost, we have observed an even
further improvement (and removed some of the restrictions of relying on object identity) by
using a perfect hash map on the schema names (an extra 15% on top of that in some cases).
 This implementation, unfortunately, is not something we could contribute at this point, but
we thought it'd be a good idea to allow users to provide alternative implementations of the
indexing behavior, such as adding the following static method to Schema:
> {code}
> public static void setUnionTypeIndexCacheFactory(UnionIndexCacheFactory factory)
> {
>   unionIndexCacheFactory = factory;
> }
> {code}
> This is what the interface and identity hash map-based implementation would look like:
> {code}
>   /**
>    * A factory interface for creating UnionTypeIndexCache instances.
>    */
>   public static interface UnionIndexCacheFactory
>   {
>       UnionIndexCache createUnionIndexCache(List<Schema> types);
>       /**
>        * Used for caching schema indices within a union.
>        */
>       public static interface UnionIndexCache
>       {
>           void setTypeIndex(Schema schema, int index);
>           int getTypeIndex(Schema schema);
>       }
>   }
>   private static class IdentityMapUnionIndexCacheFactory implements UnionIndexCacheFactory
>   {
>       @Override
>       public UnionIndexCache createUnionIndexCache(List<Schema> types)
>       {
>           return new UnionIndexCache()
>           {
>               private final IdentityHashMap<Schema, Integer> schemaToIndex = new
IdentityHashMap<Schema, Integer>();
>               @Override
>               public void setTypeIndex(Schema schema, int index)
>               {
>                   schemaToIndex.put(schema, index);
>               }
>               @Override
>               public int getTypeIndex(Schema schema)
>               {
>                   Integer index = schemaToIndex.get(schema);
>                   return index == null ? -1 : index;
>               }
>           };
>       }
>   }
> {code}
> I will attach a patch later today or early tomorrow.
> Thanks in advance,
> Hernan Otero

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