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Coherence Index Performance

In a traditional database we use the index to access filtered data as quickly as possible. In the coherence, indexes are used for same purpose as well, fast access to filtered data. If you wish to retrieve all the items in the cache, likely index are not appropriate for you same as when you use database index. For example, when using the Oracle database and if you use a filter to retrieve data but its selectivity is close to 1, Oracle cost based optimizer can choose to not use the indexes because it’s not necessary since each index operations requires one more I/O. Likewise, in coherence when you wish the get data you should decide correctly whether use it or not.

Anyway, in this blog post I will carry out basic filter operations with and without index.

NamedCache cache = CacheFactory.getCache("persons");
PersonGenerator pg = new PersonGenerator();

System.out.println("Cache loaded:"+cache.size()+" elements.");

Filter filter = 
	new OrFilter(
		new AndFilter(
			new EqualsFilter("getFirstName", "Hugo"),
			new GreaterFilter("getAge", 50)
		new AndFilter(
			new EqualsFilter("getFirstName","William"),
			new LessFilter("getAge",50)

Firstly, I connected to the cluster and cache, after that 2 millions of people object is generated, they all put into the cache. Then, filter is created, pay a little bit more attention to here, uppermost the orfilter was used and two and filters was used in the filter. If we convert this filter clause to an sql query it would be :

select * from people where ( firstName="Hugo" and age>50 ) or ( ( firstName="William" and age<50 )

As it is seen here, we are just looking for the firstname and age fields for filtering. If these fields can be used in indexes we could improve the query performance.

To get filtered data we use the entrySet method by passing the Filter object as argument like this:

Set filteredData;
filteredData = cache.entrySet(filter);
System.out.println("Without Index:" + Timer.getDurationMSec());

It prints:

Without Index:12091

Time is milliseconds based.

As you know we don’t use index so far, it is the time to add one:

cache.addIndex(new ReflectionExtractor("getFirstName"), false, null);
	filteredData = cache.entrySet(filter);
System.out.println("With Index:" + Timer.getDurationMSec());

AddIndex method has been used to add index and first parameter of this method is the field’s get method which will be indexed. Second parameter gets a boolean variable and it determines the whether index is sorted or not. Sorted index is useful for range queries like ” age > 20 ” . While creating this index we did not use sorted index because we just looking for equalities, but we’ll use sorted index in the next one.
This code part prints:

With Index:5300

As you see, with one index, entrySet method double times faster than the previous one, without index.
We know that our filter uses two fields, one of them is the firstname which was just before indexed and the other one is the age. We can use age field as well in the index:

cache.addIndex(new ReflectionExtractor("getAge"), false, null);
	filteredData = cache.entrySet(filter);
System.out.println("With Two Indexes:" + Timer.getDurationMSec());

It prints:

With Two Indexes:1017

In order to get the filtered data set faster we can use the indexed object fields which are used in the filter. If we index the fields which are not used in the filter we won’t get any performance improvement.

cache.removeIndex(new ReflectionExtractor("getFirstName"));
cache.removeIndex(new ReflectionExtractor("getAge"));

cache.addIndex(new ReflectionExtractor("getCitizenNumber"), true, null);
filteredData = cache.entrySet(filter);
System.out.println("With Index BUT Not in the filter:" + Timer.getDurationMSec());

It prints:

With Index BUT Not in the filter:

11391 milliseconds is almost same duration of without index.

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