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From "Simon Willnauer (Commented) (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (LUCENE-3584) bulk postings should be codec private
Date Sun, 20 Nov 2011 16:53:51 GMT


Simon Willnauer commented on LUCENE-3584:

> bulk postings should be codec private
> -------------------------------------
>                 Key: LUCENE-3584
>                 URL:
>             Project: Lucene - Java
>          Issue Type: Task
>            Reporter: Robert Muir
>            Assignee: Robert Muir
>         Attachments: LUCENE-3584.patch
> In LUCENE-2723, a lot of work was done to speed up Lucene's bulk postings read API.
> There were some upsides:
> * you could specify things like 'i dont care about frequency data up front'.
>   This made things like multitermquery->filter and other consumers that don't
>   care about freqs faster. But this is unrelated to 'bulkness' and we have a
>   separate patch now for this on LUCENE-2929.
> * the buffersize for standardcodec was increased to 128, increasing performance
>   for TermQueries, but this was unrelated too.
> But there were serious downsides/nocommits:
> * the API was hairy because it tried to be 'one-size-fits-all'. This made consumer code
> * the API could not really be specialized to your codec: e.g. could never take advantage
that e.g. docs and freqs are aligned.
> * the API forced codecs to implement delta encoding for things like documents and positions.

>   But this is totally up to the codec how it wants to encode! Some codecs might not use
delta encoding.
> * using such an API for positions was only theoretical, it would have been super complicated
and I doubt ever
>   performant or maintainable.
> * there was a regression with advance(), probably because the api forced you to do both
a linear scan thru
>   the remaining buffer, then refill...
> I think a cleaner approach is to let codecs do whatever they want to implement the DISI
> contract. This lets codecs have the freedom to implement whatever compression/buffering
they want
> for the best performance, and keeps consumers simple. If a codec uses delta encoding,
or if it wants
> to defer this to the last possible minute or do it at decode time, thats its own business.
Maybe a codec
> doesn't want to do any buffering at all.

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