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Subject: RE: [xsl] optimization for very large, flat documents
From: "Jim Neff" <jneff@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2005 13:24:32 -0500


I don't know if this would be of help to you, but I was having severe timing
issues too and I was able to cut my processing time dramatically.  

My original test file was only 400 KB and took about 50 seconds to process.
I went on to my next group which was a 12 MB file and took 8 minutes to
process!!! Memory usage varied from 100-300 megs.

I was doing a lot of these kinds of for-each select statements:

select="../Table[(CLM_CG_CUST_CODE = current()/CLM_CG_CUST_CODE) and (CLM_NO
= current()/CLM_NO) and (not(CTD_SYS_ID = preceding::Table/CTD_SYS_ID))]"

Basically asking it to compare the current node to every other node in the
source tree for each level (this example is only level 2 of 4)

This has a net result of increasing time exponentially (more time is needed
per record as you add more records).

I learned how to use the for-each-group statement and now my grouping
statements look like this:

<xsl:for-each-group select="current-group()" group-by="CTD_SYS_ID">

And now I get the same results but processing takes 6 seconds!!!

Just another XSLT success story ;)

--Jim Neff

-----Original Message-----
From: Kevin Rodgers [mailto:kevin.rodgers@xxxxxxx] 
Sent: Thursday, January 20, 2005 1:09 PM
To: xsl-list@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: [xsl] optimization for very large, flat documents

Thanks to everyone who responded.  For now I plan to follow Pieter's idea of
chunking the data into manageable pieces (16-64 MB).  Then I'm going to look
into Michael's suggestions about STX (unfortunately, not yet a W3C
recommendation and thus not widely implemented) and XQuery.

For anyone interested in some numbers, I've split each of my 2 large files
(613 MB and 656 MB) into subfiles of 16 K independent entries (which vary in
size), yielding sets of 25 and 37 subfiles (of approx. 25 MB and 17 MB each,
respectively).  I process them by running Saxon 8.2 from the command line
(with an -Xmx value of 8 times the file size) on a Sun UltraSPARC with 2 GB
of real memory.  The set of 37 17 MB XML subfiles are processed with a
slightly simpler stylesheet, and take about 1:15 (minutes:seconds) each; the
set of 25 25 MB XML subfiles use
1 document() call per entry to/from a servlet on a different host and take
about 8 minutes each.

My next step is to use Saxon's profiling features to find out where I can
improve my stylesheet's performance.

Thanks again to everyone on xsl-list for all your help!
Kevin Rodgers

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