16.17.2. RDF Index Scheme
Starting with version 6.00.3126, the default RDF index scheme consists of 2 full indices over RDF quads plus 3 partial indices. This index scheme is generally adapted to all kinds of workloads, regardless of whether queries generally specify a graph. As indicated the default index scheme in Virtuoso is almost always applicable as is, whether one has a RDF database with very large numbers of small graphs or just one or a few large graphs. With Virtuoso 7 the indices are column-wise by default, which results in them to consuming usually about 1/3 of the space the equivalent row-wise structures would consume.
Alternate indexing schemes are possible but will not be generally needed. For upgrading old databases with a different index scheme see the corresponding documentation.
The index scheme consists of the following indices:
- primary key
- bitmap index for lookups on object value.
- partial index for cases where only S is specified.
- partial index for cases where only O is specified.
- partial index for cases where only G is specified.
This index scheme is created by the following statements:
CREATE TABLE DB.DBA.RDF_QUAD ( G IRI_ID_8, S IRI_ID_8, P IRI_ID_8, O ANY, PRIMARY KEY (P, S, O, G) ) ALTER INDEX RDF_QUAD ON DB.DBA.RDF_QUAD PARTITION (S INT (0hexffff00)); CREATE DISTINCT NO PRIMARY KEY REF BITMAP INDEX RDF_QUAD_SP ON RDF_QUAD (S, P) PARTITION (S INT (0hexffff00)); CREATE BITMAP INDEX RDF_QUAD_POGS ON RDF_QUAD (P, O, G, S) PARTITION (O VARCHAR (-1, 0hexffff)); CREATE DISTINCT NO PRIMARY KEY REF BITMAP INDEX RDF_QUAD_GS ON RDF_QUAD (G, S) PARTITION (S INT (0hexffff00)); CREATE DISTINCT NO PRIMARY KEY REF INDEX RDF_QUAD_OP ON RDF_QUAD (O, P) PARTITION (O VARCHAR (-1, 0hexffff));
The idea is to favor queries where the predicate is specified in
triple patterns. The entire quad can be efficiently accessed when
P and at least one of
O are known. This has
the advantage of clustering data by the predicate which improves
working set. A page read from disk will only have entries
pertaining to the same predicate; chances of accessing other
entries of the page are thus higher than if the page held values
for arbitrary predicates. For less frequent cases where only
S is known, as in
DESCRIBE , the distinct
S are found in the
SP index. These
are then used for accessing the
index to get the
G . For cases where only the
G is known, as when dropping a graph, the distinct
S s of the
are found in the
GS index. The
P s of the
are then found in the
SP index. After
this, the whole quad is found in the
GS indices do not store duplicates.
S has many values of the
P , there is only one entry. Entries are
not deleted from
OP , or
GS . This does not
lead to erroneous results since a full index (that is, either
is always consulted in order to know if a quad actually exists.
When updating data, most often a graph is entirely dropped and a
substantially similar graph inserted in its place. The
OP , and
GS indices get to stay relatively unaffected.
Still, over time, especially if there are frequent updates and
values do not repeat between consecutive states, the
OP , and
GS indices will get polluted, which may affect
performance. Dropping and recreating the index will remedy this
In cases where this is not practical, the index scheme should
only have full indices; i.e., each key holds all columns of the
primary key of the quad. This will be the case if the
DISTINCT NO PRIMARY KEY REF options are not specified
CREATE INDEX statement. In such
cases, all indices remain in strict sync across deletes.
Many RDF workloads have bulk-load and read-intensive access patterns with few deletes. The default index scheme is optimized for these. With these situations, this scheme offers significant space savings, resulting in better working set. Typically, this layout takes 60-70% of the space of a layout with 4 full indices.