Sorting on large index


I read about index sorting in the documentation, but I don't know what are the limits and if there's any downside to do it. For example, I have a daily index with around 500M documents. I'd sort it by 5 fields from very low (100-200) cardinality to very high (potentially million).
How does this affect the indexing time? How many fields can I use? Should I omit very high cardinality fields even if those are frequently searched?


This blog post discusses overhead and the impact on indexing performance, which it can be substantial. I think it primarily makes sense for search heavy use cases where the additional work at indexing time is a good trade-off.

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