User Guide (Version 1.13)

TPS Query Execution Flow

The following steps summarize the definition and execution stages of a TPS query. Note that only stages 3 and 4 have a significant impact on performance.

  1. Parse query:

    • Parse query strings and values.

    • This step is usually performed once and cached.

  2. Make query request:

    • Query is made using C++, ScriptBind, goalops, etc.

    • A query is stateless; it does not imply a movement operation.

  3. Generate points:

    • Create a set of candidate points.

    • Point candidates are based on the query's Generation criteria.

  4. Evaluate points (this is by far the most intensive stage):

    • Accept or reject points based on Conditions criteria.

    • Assign relative scores to points based on Weights criteria.

  5. Consider query fallbacks:

    • If no point matches the Conditions criteria, consider fallback options.

    • Where there is a fallback, return to step 3.

  6. Visualize points:

    • If visualization is required, draw all points to screen.

    • Include point data such as its accepted/rejected status and relative scores.

  7. Return results:

    • Return one or more points, if any fit the query conditions.

    • Each point is returned as a structure that describes the selected point.

There are some optimizations possible that depend on the execution flow. For example, relevant query results can be cached between fallback queries.