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From "Robert Muir (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (LUCENE-8753) New PostingFormat - UniformSplit
Date Sun, 02 Jun 2019 15:04:00 GMT


Robert Muir commented on LUCENE-8753:

It seems by your question that you already know that what you did there isn't committable.
Please use Terms.intersect api for codec customization of this stuff and don't add such stuff
to AutomatonTermsEnum.

> New PostingFormat - UniformSplit
> --------------------------------
>                 Key: LUCENE-8753
>                 URL:
>             Project: Lucene - Core
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: core/codecs
>    Affects Versions: 8.0
>            Reporter: Bruno Roustant
>            Assignee: David Smiley
>            Priority: Major
>         Attachments: Uniform Split Technique.pdf, luceneutil.benchmark.txt
>          Time Spent: 20m
>  Remaining Estimate: 0h
> This is a proposal to add a new PostingsFormat called "UniformSplit" with 4 objectives:
>  - Clear design and simple code.
>  - Easily extensible, for both the logic and the index format.
>  - Light memory usage with a very compact FST.
>  - Focus on efficient TermQuery, PhraseQuery and PrefixQuery performance.
> (the pdf attached explains visually the technique in more details)
>  The principle is to split the list of terms into blocks and use a FST to access the
block, but not as a prefix trie, rather with a seek-floor pattern. For the selection of the
blocks, there is a target average block size (number of terms), with an allowed delta variation
(10%) to compare the terms and select the one with the minimal distinguishing prefix.
>  There are also several optimizations inside the block to make it more compact and speed
up the loading/scanning.
> The performance obtained is interesting with the luceneutil benchmark, comparing UniformSplit
with BlockTree. Find it in the first comment and also attached for better formatting.
> Although the precise percentages vary between runs, three main points:
>  - TermQuery and PhraseQuery are improved.
>  - PrefixQuery and WildcardQuery are ok.
>  - Fuzzy queries are clearly less performant, because BlockTree is so optimized for them.
> Compared to BlockTree, FST size is reduced by 15%, and segment writing time is reduced
by 20%. So this PostingsFormat scales to lots of docs, as BlockTree.
> This initial version passes all Lucene tests. Use “ant test -Dtests.codec=UniformSplitTesting”
to test with this PostingsFormat.
> Subjectively, we think we have fulfilled our goal of code simplicity. And we have already
exercised this PostingsFormat extensibility to create a different flavor for our own use-case.
> Contributors: Juan Camilo Rodriguez Duran, Bruno Roustant, David Smiley

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