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From Michael McCandless <>
Subject Re: How to leverage the LogMergePolicy "calibrateSizeByDeletes" patch in Solr ?
Date Tue, 22 Sep 2009 15:37:01 GMT
On Tue, Sep 22, 2009 at 11:08 AM, Yonik Seeley
<> wrote:

> I'm still not sure I see the reason for complicating the IndexWriter
> with warming... can't this be done just as efficiently (if not more
> efficiently) in user/application space?

It will be less efficient when you warm outside of IndexWriter, ie,
you will necessarily delay the app's net turnaround time on being able
to search newly added/deleted docs.

The whole point of putting optional warming into IndexWriter was so
the segment could be warmed *before* the merge commits the change to
the writer's SegmentInfos.  Any newly opened near-real-timer readers
continue to search the old (merged away) segments, until the warming

This way the warming of merged segments is independent of making any
newly flushed segments searchable (as long as you use CMS, or any
merge scheduler that uses separate threads for merging).  New segments
can be flushed and then become searchable (with getReader()) even
while the warming is happening.

So... if your merge policy allows large merges, setting a warmer in
the IndexWriter is crucial for minimizing turnaround time.  But, even
once you do that, merging is still IO & CPU intensive, plus IO caches
are unnecessarily flushed (since we can't easily madvise/posix_fadvise
from java), and we have no IO scheduler control to have merging run at
very lower priority, etc., so while the merge & warming are taking
place, search performance will be impacted.


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