2022-12-30

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  • After yesterday's work and the resulting performance issues, I did some quick profiling. This revealed that most of the time in building the HNSW search index was in dot product calculations between the 768-element vectors that make up each document embedding. Fortunately, the ndarray crate came to the rescue. With support for BLAS and Apple's Accelerate framework enabled, the time to build the search index went from 45 seconds down to 5, so I'm quite happy with that.
  • Next up I'm going to try out putting all this into a simple GUI using Tauri.
  • I've also been enjoying, Rust's new let/else syntax. Take a bit to get used to, but it's really convenient, for example when you want to unwrap an option or return from the function early if it's None.