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From muraalee <muraa...@gmail.com>
Subject Scaling Lucene to 500 million documents - preferred architecture
Date Sat, 07 Jul 2007 00:25:06 GMT

Hi Everybody,
We are building a search infrastructure using lucene to scale upto 500
million document with search < 500 ms. 

Here is my rough math on the size of content & index :
Total Documents = 500 million documents 
Size / Document = 10k / document
Index Size / Million = 2 GB / million document
Total Index size = 500 million ~ 1 TB

We are planning to partition this 1 TB index into 25 partitions  with each
partition of around 20 million documents @ 40 GB size. 

Since 1TB doesn't seem to be that much, we are debating whether we should go
for RAM memory for the whole 1 TB. Checked the prices for RAM memory ( 64 GB
/ 8 CPU boxes ) and they are very competitive.

Now the question is..  Can we use RAM Directory for all of this 1 TB or
FSDirectory is better with separate spindle for each CPU ?

We are considering 25 boxes ( 8 CPU - 64 GB boxes ) for each partition and
separate brokers to merge these results. 

Did anybody did something like this in the past ? Appreciate if you guys can
share your experiences.

thanks
Murali V

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