Palantir Technologies has been granted a patent for a computer-implemented method that involves generating a second index for a database while the first index is still in use, allowing for seamless transition and improved search request responses. GlobalData’s report on Palantir Technologies gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Dynamic indexing of databases for efficient search response

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Palantir Technologies Inc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11886410B2) discloses a computer-implemented method for efficiently reindexing information in a database based on a new ontology or a new number of shards for an index server. The method involves generating a second index for the database while the first index continues to be used live for responding to search requests. Once the second index is completed during a period with no search requests, it is utilized live for responding to incoming search requests. The reindexing process can be optimized by specifying batch sizes and thread counts, dynamically adjusting them based on server capacity, and limiting them according to performance metrics of the database.

Furthermore, the method includes storing the second index on a separate server, utilizing a commit log for generating an in-memory representation of the index before live usage, and managing search requests during the reindexing process by storing them in a buffer or ignoring them. Additionally, the database assigns data event ID numbers to track the chronological order of data, ensuring that the completion of the second index processes data with higher event ID numbers than those processed during the initial phase. The patent also covers non-transitory computer-readable storage media storing instructions for executing the method, emphasizing the efficient reindexing process and live utilization of the updated index to enhance database search capabilities while minimizing downtime and optimizing resource allocation.

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