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2013-12-30ewah: compressed bitmap implementationVicent Marti
EWAH is a word-aligned compressed variant of a bitset (i.e. a data structure that acts as a 0-indexed boolean array for many entries). It uses a 64-bit run-length encoding (RLE) compression scheme, trading some compression for better processing speed. The goal of this word-aligned implementation is not to achieve the best compression, but rather to improve query processing time. As it stands right now, this EWAH implementation will always be more efficient storage-wise than its uncompressed alternative. EWAH arrays will be used as the on-disk format to store reachability bitmaps for all objects in a repository while keeping reasonable sizes, in the same way that JGit does. This EWAH implementation is a mostly straightforward port of the original `javaewah` library that JGit currently uses. The library is self-contained and has been embedded whole (4 files) inside the `ewah` folder to ease redistribution. The library is re-licensed under the GPLv2 with the permission of Daniel Lemire, the original author. The source code for the C version can be found on GitHub: The original Java implementation can also be found on GitHub: [jc: stripped debug-only code per Peff's $gmane/239768] Signed-off-by: Vicent Marti <> Signed-off-by: Jeff King <> Helped-by: Ramsay Jones <> Signed-off-by: Junio C Hamano <>