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Discussions around Lucene/Solr open source search & related technologies, hosted by Lucidworks. Email: [email protected] Twitter: @Lucidworks #SolrCluster
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Jan. 6, 2015
Solr committers Anshum Gupta and Tim Potter tell us about the upcoming Solr 5 release. We discuss making Solr “easy to start, easy to finish” while continuing to add improvements and stability for experienced users. Hear more about SolrCloud hardening, clusterstate improvements, the schema and solrconfig APIs, easier ZooKeeper management, improved flexible and schemaless indexing, and overall ease-of-use improvements.
Dec. 18, 2014
In this episode Solr committer, Shalin Mangar, discusses the CAP theorem (Consistency, Availability, Partition tolerance) and the durability of SolrCloud in the face of network partitions and other service interruptions typical of distributed systems. In particular, Shalin describes his work in testing Solr and ZooKeeper with Jepsen, a framework built in Clojure by Kyle Kingsbury to “[break] distributed systems so you don’t have to”. Tune in to learn about how SolrCloud handles the hazards of distributed computing as a highly scalable, fault-tolerant search and NoSQL engine.
Oct. 27, 2014
Lucene/Solr Committers Steve Rowe and Tim Potter are back on SolrCluster to discuss how Lucidworks and the community are making changes and improvements to Solr to increase usability and add ease to the getting started experience. Steve and Tim discuss new features such as data-driven schema, start-up scripts, launching SolrCloud, and more.
Aug. 21, 2014
This week, the SolrCluster team is joined by Rishi Easwaran from the AOL mail team. AOL has been known for their large-scale Solr deployment, with over 150B documents and 1.2B searches per day. Rishi shares AOL’s reasons for choosing Solr for mail search, an overview of their multicore architecture before migrating to SolrCloud, and their new hybrid SolrCloud architecture, its performance, scalability, cost benefits, and lessons learned throughout the process. Rishi is a principal software engineer at AOL. He has worked with the AOL mail team since 2008, as the tech lead for the existing mail search infrastructure and re-architecture efforts to implement a multi-tiered high availability, large scale hybrid SolrCloud solution. Over the years, his entire team has focused on performance, availability, and scalability of Solr. In efforts to accomplish this, they’ve delved into the source code [...]
July 11, 2014
Steve Rowe, Lucene/Solr Committer, PMC Member and Lucidworks Sr. Engineer, joins the SolrCluster team for a follow up discussion to the webinar he was recently featured in. Steve talks about how Solr 4 has evolved since its release in 2012, some of the major features and changes in 4.7, 4.8 and 4.9, and the trajectory of future Solr releases. Steve also gives insight into what he’s been working on for Lucidworks, side projects he’s involved in and what he’s excited about. See the “What’s New in Solr” webinar replay here. Find out more about Steve’s side project, JFlex, here. Check out the Solr Reference Guide
July 1, 2014
This week, we have Tim Potter, Senior Engineer at Lucidworks, Solr Committer and co-author of Solr in Action, back on the show. Tim shares with us his experience working with Solr at scale, and what led to the recent development of the Solr Scale Toolkit. The Solr Scale Toolkit is an open source project, sponsored by Lucidworks, which provides tools and guidance for deploying and managing SolrCloud in cloud-based platforms such as Amazon EC2. Read Tim’s recent blog post, Introducing the Solr Scale Toolkit.Download the Solr Scale Toolkit from GitHub her [...]
June 17, 2014
On this week’s episode of SolrCluster, the team talks about Project Blacklight—an open source, front-end, discovery interface for Apache Solr—and how Blacklight is now a part of Project Hydra, a collaboration to help institutions around the world preserve, maintain and give access to their knowledge repositories and assets. Bess Sadler from the Stanford University Digital Library, a co-founder of Project Blacklight, joins us to discuss her involvement in the project, her vision for its future use and what she’s working on now. Bess Sadler is the Manager for Application Development in the Digital Library Systems group at Stanford University Library. She is one of the co-founders of Project Blacklight and Project Hydra, two open source software projects which are widely [...]
May 30, 2014
This week on SolrCluster, we are joined by Ravi Mynampaty and Katia Muser from Harvard Business School (HBS). Ravi and Katia share with us their experience migrating the Harvard Business School Alumni Website from Endeca to Lucidworks Search, Lucidworks’ commercial distribution of Solr. They explain how choosing the Solr approach saved them a ton of custom development and enabled them to offer end users features such as personalization, faceted search and navigation of various types of content (e.g., people, events, alumni stories) and autocomplete. The HBS search team chose Lucidworks Search because of the admin UI and ability to prototype very quickly. Members of the search team who did not have pre [...]
May 20, 2014
This week, the SolrCluster crew is joined by Lucidworks Chief of Product, Will Hayes, and Sematext Founder & President, Otis Gospodnetić. Working with Solr since its origin in 2006, Otis has a wealth of experience around trends that have come about related to search and big data technologies. Otis and Will discuss tools that Sematext has built to help monitor Solr and other stacks, manage and analyze logs, and analyze search trends, as well as the general direction that industry leaders are moving toward around data acquisition and discovery as data increasingly grows. Otis Gospodnetić is a co-author of Lucene in Action (1st and 2nd editions).  He has bee [...]
April 29, 2014
This week, the SolrCluster team is joined by Trey Grainger, Director of Engineering for Search at CareerBuilder, and Timothy Potter, Lucene/Solr Committer and Senior Engineer at Lucidworks, to discuss their recently released co-authored book, Solr in Action.  Solr in Action is a comprehensive guide to implementing scalable search with Lucene/Solr, based on the real-world applications that Tim and Trey have worked on throughout the course of their careers in Solr. Tim and Trey share with us the challenges they faced, accomplishments they achieved, and what they learned in the process of co-authoring their first book.
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