David Foard · Dec 26, 2019
Performant index on date field

Is there a way to get a good performing index on a date field? I have tried various date property indexes and the query plan is always in a pretty high range. Below are query plan result values I have observed:

   StartDate > '2019-12-01'  --cost = 699168
   StartDate = '2019-12-21'  --cost 70666
   StartDate between '2019-12-21' and '2019-21-28' --cost = 492058


The query plans above were for type %TimeStamp.




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Paul Riker · Mar 29, 2019
Ensemble as a Data lake

We have been storing raw messages in a MySQL database for DR and ad hoc purposes. We are thinking of using an Ensemble instance as our data lake instead. We could segregate the source data by namespace or by global. But either way we'll want a custom global to index the data for data retrieval performance purposes.

Anyone else taking this approach? Any feedback?

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Kenneth Poindexter · Apr 15, 2018
Indexes in Cache Objects


I have the following objects

Class A

   Property P1 As B

   Property P2 As %String

   Property P3 As %String

Class B

   Property P1 As %String

Can I create an index in Class A based on P1.P1.  Basically I want an index of class A by property P1 in class B

I tried creating the following but got a compile error

Index I1 On P1.P1


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I have a class with around 400k lines and 60 columns. Class storage is Cache SQL storage (Mapped from a global).

 I want to create multiple indices on certain fields.

I am familiar with two approaches:

1. Create a new map (Index type) on a pointer global.

2. Create a bitmap index

Which approach is more recommended to be used in the case I described? If there are any other approaches, I will be happy to hear.

Thanks :)


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I am new to Cache' MV but have extensive experience with other Pick flavors especially Unidata. 

I need to determine the impact of adding several indexes to a large file with over 51,000,000 records. 

On other systems, I could use FILE.STAT, ANALYZE.FILE and shell to the OS to determine how large the index file was. 

None of those seem to be available in Cache' MV. Shelling to the OS just tells me the size of CACHE.DAT.

What is the best way to determine what the disk impact would be if I added an index (CREATE-INDEX) to a file?



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CM Wang · Jul 16, 2017
How to index a class


I have two persistent classes defined. Lets call it Parent and Child.

Child class is one of the property of Parent Class.

I would like to define a index on Child class.

So what is the default behaviour I defined a index on a non simple data type member?

Any possibility that I could customized the behaviour ? For example. Child class has three properties.

Could I configure the index to index any combinations of these three properties?

Thanks for your help.

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I have a class which defines a property as array of %String. Is it possible to index values of this property and use this property in SQL?

I have tried 'Index idx On prop(ELEMENTS)' and then a select from the generated collection table, but this is still orders of magnitude slower than queries to the containing class.

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Hello Fellow Cache Developers:  

Has anyone ever created an index on values of a list property?   If so, would you be willing to share an example?

Also, feel free to offer input and suggestions regarding use of indexes on List values.

Here is my database scenario:

Parent Class:

PropertyA - %String  

PropertyB - %Integer 

Child Class:

PropertyC - %Integer

PropertyD - list of %Integer

Data illustration:

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Andy Richards · Jun 1, 2016
Activating an index

I have a production system that has a large dataset of about 2 million rows. I need to create an index on a property but don't want it available to queries until the index is fully populated. Is there a way I can create the indexed, fire off the build, then "activate" the index so queries can use it.

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