9.31.3. Physical Structure and Overheads

Bitmap indices divide the range of signed 64 bit integer values into ranges holding 8192 (8K) values. Each such range where at least one bit is set is represented by a compression entry (CE). Multiple CE's can be on the same row. CE's having one bit set take 4 bytes, CE's with 512 or less bits set take 4 bytes plus 2 bytes per bit, CE's with over 512 bits set take 1K byte regardless of how many bits are set.

A bitmap index where the bitmap holds only one bit takes 6 bytes more than the corresponding non-bitmap index entry. A second value, if it falls in the same 8K range adds 2 bytes, 4 bytes if it does not fall within in the same 8K range. If more than 512 values fall within the same 8K range, the bits are represented as a 1K byte bitmap and adding subsequent values takes no extra space.

Virtuoso supports bitmap indices since version 4.5.2919.

Bitmap Indices