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From "Alex Benjamen" <>
Subject Solr RPS is painfully low
Date Thu, 03 Jan 2008 00:09:21 GMT
I have a situation where I'm using solr with a 3Gb complete index (in ram) on a dual-core

AMD machine, and I'm only getting about 1.3rps on cold queries (which for most part there
is little chance for the query to be identical)
Is this normal? The index contains about 20MM documents and I have 16Gb RAM. When I
perform the load test the CPU hits 100%. 
Here's a typical query:
gender:f AND ( friends:y )  AND  country:us AND age:(18 || 19 || 20 || 21) AND photos:y
On average the result set is a few hundred thousand - is there any way to optimize such a
or how can I get a better RPS? 1.3 rps is way too low for an index that fits completely into
So after some thoughts on how to reduce the number of the documents in the index (which is
the single
biggest factor in CPU usage) I've decided to split up the users by country, which gives me
a somewhat
uneven distribution of users. Even after doing this, I'm getting only about 8 RPS across 5
solr instances 
running on different ports (with all of the indexes in RAM) Each index contains between 4-8
MM docs.
I guess I could go with quad core and get 16RPS, but the question that comes to my mind is
this is an acceptable RPS for the size of index. (The total physical index size is around
1.3GB which
is all on a ramdisk in memory). I'm positive that I can get a better RPS by "splitting" the
index further,
into smaller document sets, but this is undesired as it limits functionality

Note: due to the nature of the search which I'm doing, it's very inlikely that I will be able
to achive 
more than 20% cache hit ratio in the queryResultCache  


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