On Sun, Oct 29, 2017 at 10:07 AM, Connor Wolf
<w...@imaginaryindustries.com> wrote:
> Hi there!
> I'm looking at implementing a custom indexing scheme, and I've been having
> trouble understanding the proper approach.
> Basically, I need a BK tree, which is a tree-structure useful for indexing
> arbitrary discrete metric-spaces (in my case, I'm interested in indexing
> across the hamming edit-distance of perceptual hashes, for fuzzy image
> searching). I'm pretty sure a SP-GiST index is the correct index type, as my
> tree is intrinsically unbalanced.
> I have a functional stand-alone implementation of a BK-Tree, and it works
> very well, but the complexity of managing what is basically a external index
> for my database has reached the point where it's significantly problematic,
> and it seems to be it should be moved into the database.
> Anyways, looking at the contents of postgres/src/backend/access/spgist, it
> looks pretty straightforward in terms of the actual C implementation, but
> I'm stuck understanding how to "install" a custom SP-GiST implementation.
> There are several GiST indexing implementations in the contrib directory,
> but no examples for how I'd go about implementing a loadable SP-GiST index.
> Basically, my questions are:
> Is it possible to implement a SP-GiST indexing scheme as a loadable module?
> If so, how?
> And is there an example I can base my implementation off of?

Look on RUM access method ( https://github.com/postgrespro/rum ) we
developed using
api available since 9.6.

> I'm relatively comfortable with C (much moreso with C++), but I haven't
> spent a lot of time looking at the postgresql codebase.  I don't think I
> could start from a empty folder and make a properly-implemented module in
> any reasonable period of time, so if I have a working example for some sort
> of index that uses the same interfaces that would really help a lot.
> Thanks!
> Connor

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