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From "Jason Rutherglen (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (LUCENE-1526) Tombstone deletions in IndexReader
Date Fri, 12 Jun 2009 18:24:08 GMT

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Jason Rutherglen commented on LUCENE-1526:
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This issue has somewhat changed course from relying on DocIdSet
to having a BitVector implementation that is backed by a
byte[][] instead of a byte[]. This will allow modification of
parts of the array without allocating the entire array for
clone/copy-on-write. This saves on byte[] allocation for large
segments. 

We'll also need to benchmark vs. BitVector byte[]. 

> Tombstone deletions in IndexReader
> ----------------------------------
>
>                 Key: LUCENE-1526
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LUCENE-1526
>             Project: Lucene - Java
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: Index
>    Affects Versions: 2.4
>            Reporter: Jason Rutherglen
>            Priority: Minor
>   Original Estimate: 168h
>  Remaining Estimate: 168h
>
> SegmentReader currently uses a BitVector to represent deleted docs.
> When performing rapid clone (see LUCENE-1314) and delete operations,
> performing a copy on write of the BitVector can become costly because
> the entire underlying byte array must be created and copied. A way to
> make this clone delete process faster is to implement tombstones, a
> term coined by Marvin Humphrey. Tombstones represent new deletions
> plus the incremental deletions from previously reopened readers in
> the current reader. 
> The proposed implementation of tombstones is to accumulate deletions
> into an int array represented as a DocIdSet. With LUCENE-1476,
> SegmentTermDocs iterates over deleted docs using a DocIdSet rather
> than accessing the BitVector by calling get. This allows a BitVector
> and a set of tombstones to by ANDed together as the current reader's
> delete docs. 
> A tombstone merge policy needs to be defined to determine when to
> merge tombstone DocIdSets into a new deleted docs BitVector as too
> many tombstones would eventually be detrimental to performance. A
> probable implementation will merge tombstones based on the number of
> tombstones and the total number of documents in the tombstones. The
> merge policy may be set in the clone/reopen methods or on the
> IndexReader. 

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