background-statistics

Registered by Vladimir Kolesnikov on 2009-02-19

Currently the key distribution statistics is gathered in foreground which makes it hard to maintain fine-grained statistics. The idea is to move statistics gathering process to a background thread. This will allow to have more relevant stats and re-new them more flexibly as new changes come in.

Having background stats collector will allow to implement a more sophisticated stats gathering algorithm. Some ideas for the algorithm:

1. Keep an index-like disk structure (probably in a separate file, a file per key or per field) that would have key1 -> count1; key2 -> count2; ... layout. This would be interpreted as "there are count2 - count1 records between key1 and key2"

2. Approximate the actual value distribution with a well-known distribution. This way we'd need to store only distribution id and several distribution-specific parameters

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