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David Smiley commented on LUCENE-7407:
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BTW one way that this commit could have been less massive it to split out the 
"throws IOException" additions as one change, and then subsequently get to the 
meat of the work here.  Any way, that's water under the bridge.

> Explore switching doc values to an iterator API
> -----------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: LUCENE-7407
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LUCENE-7407
>             Project: Lucene - Core
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>            Reporter: Michael McCandless
>            Assignee: Michael McCandless
>              Labels: docValues
>             Fix For: master (7.0)
>
>         Attachments: LUCENE-7407.patch
>
>
> I think it could be compelling if we restricted doc values to use an
> iterator API at read time, instead of the more general random access
> API we have today:
>   * It would make doc values disk usage more of a "you pay for what
>     what you actually use", like postings, which is a compelling
>     reduction for sparse usage.
>   * I think codecs could compress better and maybe speed up decoding
>     of doc values, even in the non-sparse case, since the read-time
>     API is more restrictive "forward only" instead of random access.
>   * We could remove {{getDocsWithField}} entirely, since that's
>     implicit in the iteration, and the awkward "return 0 if the
>     document didn't have this field" would go away.
>   * We can remove the annoying thread locals we must make today in
>     {{CodecReader}}, and close the trappy "I accidentally shared a
>     single XXXDocValues instance across threads", since an iterator is
>     inherently "use once".
>   * We could maybe leverage the numerous optimizations we've done for
>     postings over time, since the two problems ("iterate over doc ids
>     and store something interesting for each") are very similar.
> This idea has come up many in the past, e.g. LUCENE-7253 is a recent
> example, and very early iterations of doc values started with exactly
> this ;)
> However, it's a truly enormous change, likely 7.0 only.  Or maybe we
> could have the new iterator APIs also ported to 6.x side by side with
> the deprecate existing random-access APIs.



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