Real-time Inverted Search in the Cloud Using Lucene and Storm

  • October 15, 2014 · 6:00 PM
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Joshua Conlin, Associate, and Bryan Bende, Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton

Building real-time notification systems is often limited to basic filtering and pattern matching against incoming records. Allowing users to query incoming documents using Solr's full range of capabilities is much more powerful. In our environment we needed a way to allow for tens of thousands of such query subscriptions, meaning we needed to find a way to distribute the query processing in the cloud. By creating in-memory Lucene indices from our Solr configuration, we were able to parallelize our queries across our cluster. To achieve this distribution, we wrapped the processing in a Storm topology to provide a flexible way to scale and manage our infrastructure. This presentation will describe our experiences creating this distributed, real-time inverted search notification framework.

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