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From "Michael McCandless (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Created: (LUCENE-1990) Add unsigned packed int impls in oal.util
Date Sun, 18 Oct 2009 12:53:31 GMT
Add unsigned packed int impls in oal.util

                 Key: LUCENE-1990
             Project: Lucene - Java
          Issue Type: Improvement
          Components: Index
            Reporter: Michael McCandless
            Priority: Minor

There are various places in Lucene that could take advantage of an
efficient packed unsigned int/long impl.  EG the terms dict index in
the standard codec in LUCENE-1458 could subsantially reduce it's RAM
usage.  FieldCache.StringIndex could as well.  And I think "load into
RAM" codecs like the one in TestExternalCodecs could use this too.

I'm picturing something very basic like:
interface PackedUnsignedLongs  {
  long get(long index);
  void set(long index, long value);

Plus maybe an iterator for getting and maybe also for setting.  If it
helps, most of the usages of this inside Lucene will be "write once"
so eg the set could make that an assumption/requirement.

And a factory somewhere:

  PackedUnsignedLongs create(int count, long maxValue);

I think we should simply autogen the code (we can start from the
autogen code in LUCENE-1410), or, if there is an good existing impl
that has a compatible license that'd be great.

I don't have time near-term to do this... so if anyone has the itch,
please jump!

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