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From "Yonik Seeley (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (LUCENE-1997) Explore performance of multi-PQ vs single-PQ sorting API
Date Wed, 28 Oct 2009 18:51:59 GMT

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Yonik Seeley commented on LUCENE-1997:
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bq. What kind of comparator can't pre-create a fixed ordinal list for all the possible values?

It's less about "can't" and more about there being too many disadvantages to pre-create in
many cases.
Sparse representations would fit in this category... the number of documents with a value
is small, so you use a hash (like Solr's query elevation component).

Solr's random sort comparator is another - it hashes directly from docid to get the sort value.
 Not slow per se, but it's certainly going to be faster to avoid recalculating it on every
compare.

> Explore performance of multi-PQ vs single-PQ sorting API
> --------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: LUCENE-1997
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LUCENE-1997
>             Project: Lucene - Java
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: Search
>    Affects Versions: 2.9
>            Reporter: Michael McCandless
>            Assignee: Michael McCandless
>         Attachments: LUCENE-1997.patch, LUCENE-1997.patch, LUCENE-1997.patch, LUCENE-1997.patch,
LUCENE-1997.patch, LUCENE-1997.patch, LUCENE-1997.patch, LUCENE-1997.patch
>
>
> Spinoff from recent "lucene 2.9 sorting algorithm" thread on java-dev,
> where a simpler (non-segment-based) comparator API is proposed that
> gathers results into multiple PQs (one per segment) and then merges
> them in the end.
> I started from John's multi-PQ code and worked it into
> contrib/benchmark so that we could run perf tests.  Then I generified
> the Python script I use for running search benchmarks (in
> contrib/benchmark/sortBench.py).
> The script first creates indexes with 1M docs (based on
> SortableSingleDocSource, and based on wikipedia, if available).  Then
> it runs various combinations:
>   * Index with 20 balanced segments vs index with the "normal" log
>     segment size
>   * Queries with different numbers of hits (only for wikipedia index)
>   * Different top N
>   * Different sorts (by title, for wikipedia, and by random string,
>     random int, and country for the random index)
> For each test, 7 search rounds are run and the best QPS is kept.  The
> script runs singlePQ then multiPQ, and records the resulting best QPS
> for each and produces table (in Jira format) as output.

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