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From jim ferenczi <>
Subject [ANNOUNCE] Apache Lucene 8.0.0 released
Date Thu, 14 Mar 2019 12:15:44 GMT
14 March 2019, Apache Luceneā„¢ 8.0.0 available

The Lucene PMC is pleased to announce the release of Apache Lucene 8.0.0.

Apache Lucene is a high-performance, full-featured text search engine
library written entirely in Java. It is a technology suitable for nearly
any application that requires full-text search, especially cross-platform.

This release contains numerous bug fixes, optimizations, and improvements,
some of which are highlighted below. The release is available for immediate
download at:

Lucene 8.0.0 Release Highlights:

Query execution
Term queries, phrase queries and boolean queries introduced new
optimization that enables efficient skipping over non-competitive documents
when the total hit count is not needed. Depending on the exact query and
data distribution, queries might run between a few percents slower and many
times faster, especially term queries and pure disjunctions.
In order to support this enhancement, some API changes have been made:
 * TopDocs.totalHits is no longer a long but an object that gives a lower
bound of the actual hit count.
 * IndexSearcher's search and searchAfter methods now only compute total
hit counts accurately up to 1,000 in order to enable this optimization by
 * Queries are now required to produce non-negative scores.

 * Postings now index score impacts alongside skip data. This is how term
queries optimize collection of top hits when hit counts are not needed.
 * Doc values introduced jump tables, so that advancing runs in constant
time. This is especially helpful on sparse fields.
 * The terms index FST is now loaded off-heap for non-primary-key fields
using MMapDirectory, reducing heap usage for such fields.

Custom scoring
The new FeatureField allows efficient integration of static features such
as a pagerank into the score. Furthermore, the new
LongPoint#newDistanceFeatureQuery and LatLonPoint#newDistanceFeatureQuery
methods allow boosting by recency and geo-distance respectively. These new
helpers are optimized for the case when total hit counts are not needed.
For instance if the pagerank has a significant weight in your scores, then
Lucene might be able to skip over documents that have a low pagerank value.

Further details of changes are available in the change log available at:

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