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From Jacques Nadeau <jacq...@dremio.com>
Subject Re: zeroVectors() interface for value vectors
Date Tue, 25 Aug 2015 03:30:48 GMT
In general, let's try to avoid extending the core structures like value
vector read and write expressions for a single operator. Zerovector is
trivial to implement so let's resolve that way (trivial since the
underlying vector already has it and we just need to delegate down).
On Aug 24, 2015 3:36 PM, "Aman Sinha" <amansinha@apache.org> wrote:

> I am reviewing Hakim's patch for DRILL-3668 (first_value window function
> incorrect result).  His code uses ValueVectorWriteExpression to set values
> in an internal batch which get re-used across different partitions of the
> window function.  Ideally, we just want to zero out the vector rather than
> calling clear() since clear() will release the buffer.
> However, currently zeroVectors() is only supported by FixedWidthVector, not
> VariableWidthVector.  * Should there be such an interface for variable
> width ? * The implementation could zero out just the offset vector.
> In the absence of such an interface, Hakim has added a boolean flag
> witeNulls to ValueVectorWriteExpression (see
> https://github.com/adeneche/incubator-drill/commit/cab73cd1a50163dd25fe0f9c55c264780ea3616d
> )
>  and is conditionally doing the null-ing out in the generated code.  It
> won't affect the normal code path, it would get used for specific window
> functions.
> I am thinking of committing his patch and tracking the zeroVectors()
> enhancement separately (if people agree that it would be useful).  Let me
> know...
> Aman

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