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From "Marshall Schor (JIRA)" <...@uima.apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Created] (UIMA-2790) Change Index Merge for aggregates to exclude remote delegate index specifications
Date Tue, 02 Apr 2013 01:29:15 GMT
Marshall Schor created UIMA-2790:

             Summary: Change Index Merge for aggregates to exclude remote delegate index specifications
                 Key: UIMA-2790
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/UIMA-2790
             Project: UIMA
          Issue Type: Improvement
    Affects Versions: 2.4.0SDK
            Reporter: Marshall Schor
            Priority: Minor
             Fix For: 2.4.1SDK

The general approach for UIMA aggregates includes merging the meta information of all the
delegates to create a common CAS specification.  The CAS Specification includes a type system,
and an index specification, among other things.  If the delegates are local (running in the
same JVM and sharing the CAS's index repositories) then the index specifications from the
delegates need to be "merged" (a logical union operation) so that an add-to-indexes operation
can add to all of the indexes in that repository that might be used by a delegate.  However,
for remote delegates, any "adding to index" operations are done by the remote.  Omitting their
index definitions from the aggregate merge set makes no difference to the operation in this
case (other than to potentially reduce the indexes that are maintained by client running the
aggregate.  So it is a potential performance improvement to omit these.

I asked Adam if he recalled why the design was this way,and he reminded me that a long time
ago, we didn't have "automatic" bag indexes for every type, like we do now.  In that older
design, if the indexes were not merged, then the creation of a type which had no index would
get forgotten if it was added to the indexes, as there was no index in which to remember it.
 Now that this is not the case, there's no logical reason (that I can think of) why remote
delegate index specifications (including their type priorities) need to be "merged" with a
client aggregate.

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