Commit db0a64e7 authored by Aurélien Campéas's avatar Aurélien Campéas
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snapshot: provide a synthetic explanation of how things work

parent 190dfe3e898f
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class Snapshot(SeriesServices):
"""Here's what's happening when we create a series with 3 insertions
in a scenario representative of real world situations.
We will insert initially:
2019-1-1 1.0
2019-1-2 2.0
2019-1-3 3.0
Then we do a pure append:
2019-1-4 4.0
2019-1-5 5.0
2019-1-6 6.0
Finally we insert with an overlap over the previous insert:
2019-1-5 9.0 # previous 5.0 becomes 9.0
2019-1-7 7.0
2019-1-8 8.0
Now let's look at the logical organisation: we have two tables
`Revision` (which track all successive versions of a series) and
`Snapshot` (which actually stores the series data using a tree
Series values | Insertion table | Snapshot/storage table
| id | snapshot | id | parent | chunk
1,2,3 | 1 | 1 | 1 | null | 1,2,3
1,2,3,4,5,6 | 2 | 2 | 2 | 1 | 4,5,6
1,2,3,4,9,6,7,8 | 3 | 3 | 3 | 1 | 4,9,6,7,8
Each version creates a chunk with the new data points, plus data
from any existing chunk that contains points that are modified
by the new version.
We explain in practice what happens with the three successive
So the first insertion trivially creates an initial chunk with the
given data points. This initial series version only contains the
points in this chunk.
The second insertion creates a new chunk with the new data
points. But also it is linked to the first chunk (its `parent`).
At version 2 the series data is distributed amongst the two
The third insertion creates a third chunk. The chunk contains the
new data points, and because the inserted series overlaps with the
existing values (at timestamp 2019-1-5) the new chunk contains a
modified copy of the second chunk. It is also linked to the
*first* chunk (its `parent`).
The collection of chunks of the snapshot table form a tree through
the parent relationship.
To rebuild a series at a given version, we must concatenate the
data points of its chunk and the successive parents.
For instance, to get the series at version 2 we do as follow:
* get the snapshot id associated to the the revision id 2 (will be
also 2)
* collect the chunk associated with id 2
* since we have a `parent` at 1 also collect the chunk associated
with id 1
* since we don't have a parent at id 1 we stop, and return the
concatenated chunks
__slots__ = ('cn', 'name', 'tsh')
_max_bucket_size = 250
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