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From "Adrien Grand (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Created] (LUCENE-4512) Additional memory savings in CompressingStoredFieldsIndex.MEMORY_CHUNK
Date Mon, 29 Oct 2012 14:36:11 GMT
Adrien Grand created LUCENE-4512:

             Summary: Additional memory savings in CompressingStoredFieldsIndex.MEMORY_CHUNK
                 Key: LUCENE-4512
             Project: Lucene - Core
          Issue Type: Improvement
            Reporter: Adrien Grand
            Assignee: Adrien Grand
            Priority: Minor
             Fix For: 4.1

Robert had a great idea to save memory with {{CompressingStoredFieldsIndex.MEMORY_CHUNK}}:
instead of storing the absolute start pointers we could compute the mean number of bytes per
chunk of documents and only store the delta between the actual value and the expected value
(avgChunkBytes * chunkNumber).

Given that the list of start pointers is stricly increasing, the error is at most maxStartPointer
/ 2 (and is very likely to be much lower) so we are guaranteed to save memory. (The same principle
could be applied to docBases.)

By applying this idea to every n(=1024?) chunks, we would even:
 - make sure to never hit the worst case (same memory usage as if we stored the absolute offsets)
 - reduce memory usage at indexing time.

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