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From "Michael McCandless (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (LUCENE-2680) Improve how IndexWriter flushes deletes against existing segments
Date Sat, 02 Oct 2010 09:48:32 GMT

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Michael McCandless commented on LUCENE-2680:
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Hmm... I think there's another silliness going on inside IW: when applying deletes, we one-by-one
open the SR, apply deletes, close it.

But then immediately thereafter we open the N segments to be merged.

We should somehow not do this double open, eg, use the pool temporarily, so that the reader
is opened to apply deletes, and then kept open in order to do the merging.  Using the pool
should be fine because the merge forcefully evicts the sub readers from the pool after completion.

> Improve how IndexWriter flushes deletes against existing segments
> -----------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: LUCENE-2680
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LUCENE-2680
>             Project: Lucene - Java
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>            Reporter: Michael McCandless
>             Fix For: 4.0
>
>
> IndexWriter buffers up all deletes (by Term and Query) and only
> applies them if 1) commit or NRT getReader() is called, or 2) a merge
> is about to kickoff.
> We do this because, for a large index, it's very costly to open a
> SegmentReader for every segment in the index.  So we defer as long as
> we can.  We do it just before merge so that the merge can eliminate
> the deleted docs.
> But, most merges are small, yet in a big index we apply deletes to all
> of the segments, which is really very wasteful.
> Instead, we should only apply the buffered deletes to the segments
> that are about to be merged, and keep the buffer around for the
> remaining segments.
> I think it's not so hard to do; we'd have to have generations of
> pending deletions, because the newly merged segment doesn't need the
> same buffered deletions applied again.  So every time a merge kicks
> off, we pinch off the current set of buffered deletions, open a new
> set (the next generation), and record which segment was created as of
> which generation.
> This should be a very sizable gain for large indices that mix
> deletes, though, less so in flex since opening the terms index is much
> faster.

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