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Entity Retype Profile

The performance of programmatically changing the type of an existing entity instance.

The Open Metadata Repository Services (OMRS) interface for a metadata repository defines an optional method for changing the type of entity instances:

Method Description
reTypeEntity changes the type of an existing entity
Assertions
ID Description
repository-entity-retype-performance-reTypeEntity-toSubtype See (3) in detailed logic below.
repository-entity-retype-performance-reTypeEntity-toSupertype See (4) in detailed logic below.

For every entity type supported by the technology under test, this profile does the following (in order):

  1. Searches for instancesPerType homed entity GUIDs of that type. (This uses findEntitiesByProperty with a condition on metadataCollectionId and its performance is recorded as part of the entity search profile.)
  2. For each of these entity GUIDs, updateEntityProperties is called to remove all the entity's properties (so it can be easily retyped), and its performance is recorded as part of the entity update profile.
  3. For each of these entity GUIDs, reTypeEntity is called to change the type of the entity to one of its subtypes.
  4. For each of these entity GUIDs, reTypeEntity is then called to change the type of the entity back to its original type.

Example

So, for example, if the technology under test supports 50 entity types, and the instancesPerType parameter is set to 100, then this profile will retype 50 (types) x 100 (instances per type) x 2 (operations) = 10 000 entities at most. (And it will run findEntitiesByProperty 50 times.)

Caveats

Note the following caveats:

  • Instances of a given type will only be retyped if that type has any subtypes: if it has no subtypes, then all retyping operations will be skipped for that type's instances.
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