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From "Steven Tamm (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (LUCENE-505) MultiReader.norm() takes up too much memory: norms byte[] should be made into an Object
Date Wed, 01 Mar 2006 22:25:02 GMT
    [ http://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LUCENE-505?page=comments#action_12368381 ] 

Steven Tamm commented on LUCENE-505:
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I made the change less for MultiReader, but to prevent the instantiation of the fakeNorms
array (which is an extra 1MB of useless memory for us).  In addition, we don't have long lived
indexes, so keeping the index loading memory consumption down is critical.  And being able
to avoid all byte[] in the future is a necessity for us.

You are correct that it won't help MultiReader.norms() that much, unless you are also calling
doSetNorm (where upon you get the double instantiation, since the subreader will cache its
norms as well). 

> MultiReader.norm() takes up too much memory: norms byte[] should be made into an Object
> ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
>          Key: LUCENE-505
>          URL: http://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LUCENE-505
>      Project: Lucene - Java
>         Type: Improvement
>   Components: Index
>     Versions: 2.0
>  Environment: Patch is against Lucene 1.9 trunk (as of Mar 1 06)
>     Reporter: Steven Tamm
>  Attachments: NormFactors.patch, NormFactors.patch
>
> MultiReader.norms() is very inefficient: it has to construct a byte array that's as long
as all the documents in every segment.  This doubles the memory requirement for scoring MultiReaders
vs. Segment Readers.  Although this is cached, it's still a baseline of memory that is unnecessary.
> The problem is that the Normalization Factors are passed around as a byte[].  If it were
instead replaced with an Object, you could perform a whole host of optimizations
> a.  When reading, you wouldn't have to construct a "fakeNorms" array of all 1.0fs.  You
could instead return a singleton object that would just return 1.0f.
> b.  MultiReader could use an object that could delegate to NormFactors of the subreaders
> c.  You could write an implementation that could use mmap to access the norm factors.
 Or if the index isn't long lived, you could use an implementation that reads directly from
the disk.
> The patch provided here replaces the use of byte[] with a new abstract class called NormFactors.
 
> NormFactors has two methods on it
>     public abstract byte getByte(int doc) throws IOException;  // Returns the byte[doc]
>     public float getFactor(int doc) throws IOException;            // Calls Similarity.decodeNorm(getByte(doc))
> There are four implementations of this abstract class
> 1.  NormFactors.EmptyNormFactors - This replaces the fakeNorms with a singleton that
only returns 1.0
> 2.  NormFactors.ByteNormFactors - Converts a byte[] to a NormFactors for backwards compatibility
in constructors.
> 3.  MultiNormFactors - Multiplexes the NormFactors in MultiReader to prevent the need
to construct the gigantic norms array.
> 4.  SegmentReader.Norm - Same class, but now extends NormFactors to provide the same
access.
> In addition, Many of the Query and Scorer classes were changes to pass around NormFactors
instead of byte[], and to call getFactor() instead of using the byte[].  I have kept around
IndexReader.norms(String) for backwards compatibiltiy, but marked it as deprecated.  I believe
that the use of ByteNormFactors in IndexReader.getNormFactors() will keep backward compatibility
with other IndexReader implementations, but I don't know how to test that.

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