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From "Michael Klatt (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Created: (LUCENE-1034) Add new API method to retrieve document field data in a batch
Date Thu, 25 Oct 2007 22:17:53 GMT
Add new API method to retrieve document field data in a batch

                 Key: LUCENE-1034
             Project: Lucene - Java
          Issue Type: Improvement
          Components: Search
    Affects Versions: 2.2
         Environment: JDK 1.5.X, Linux & FreeBSD
            Reporter: Michael Klatt
            Priority: Minor

I've read in many forums about people who need to retrieve document data for a large number
of search results. In our case, we need to retrieve up to 10,000 results (sometimes more)
from an index of over 100 million documents (our index is about 65 GB).   This can sometimes
take a couple minutes. 

In one of my attempts to improve performance, I modified the IndexReader interface to provide
a method which looks like:

public Document[] documents(int[] n, FieldSelector fieldSelector);

Instead of retrieving document data one at a time, I would request data for many document
numbers in one shot.   The idea was to optimize the seeks on disk so that in the FieldsReader,
the seeks for the indexStream would be done first, then all the seeks in the fieldStream would
be completed.   For a large number of documents, this yielded a 20% speed improvement.  The
improvement was not as much as I was looking for, but I felt that the improvement was significant
enough that I would request changes to the IndexReader interface.

I'm providing patches for the files that I needed to change for our application.    These
patches are against the 2.2 release.  

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