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2X faster PhraseQuery with Lucene using C++ via JNI

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2X faster PhraseQuery with Lucene using C++ via JNI

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I recently described the new lucene-c-boost github project, which provides amazing speedups (up to 7.8X faster) for common Lucene query types using specialized C++ implementations via JNI.


The code works with a stock Lucene 4.3.0 JAR and default codec, and has a trivial API: just call NativeSearch.search instead of IndexSearcher.search.

Now, a quick update: I've optimized PhraseQuery now as well:

Task QPS base  StdDev base  QPS opt  StdDev opt  % change
HighPhrase 3.5 (2.7%) 6.5 (0.4%) 1.9 X
MedPhrase 27.1 (1.4%) 51.9 (0.3%) 1.9 X
LowPhrase 7.6 (1.7%) 16.4 (0.3%) 2.2 X


~2X speedup (~90% - ~119%) is nice!

Again, it's great to see a reduced variance on the runtimes since hotspot is mostly not an issue. It's odd that LowPhrase gets slower QPS than MedPhrase: these queries look mis-labelled (I see the LowPhrase queries getting more hits than MedPhrase!).

All changes have been pushed to lucene-c-boost; next I'd like to figure out how to get facets working.

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