Elastic Search: The Preferred Search Engine of Your Favorite Websites

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Elastic Search: The Preferred Search Engine of Your Favorite Websites

What do some of your favorite websites like Pixabay, CERN, the Slurm Workload

Manager, Quora, Mozilla, FourSquare, GitHub, Sophos, Netflix, Etsy, Reverb,

SoundCloud, StumpleUpon, the FDA, Stack Exchange, the Center for Open Science,

and Wikimedia have in common? When you search for information on those sites the

accurate results you receive are courtesy of the Elastic Search search engine.

Elastic Search is a popular enterprise search engine, second only to Apache Solr and

Apache Lucene Core (which is used by Elastic Search). It was created in 2010 by Shay

Banon as an open source search and index software program that works with a variety

of operating systems including common ones such as Windows and Mac. Banon

created his first search engine program called Compass in 2004. When he was looking

to improve Compass it occurred to him that so much of it needed rewritten, and adapted

to different programming languages, that it was smarter to produce a whole new

program to “create a scalable search solution.”

CERN hosts the biggest Large Hadron Collider on earth. Particle collision experiments

using four detectors in twenty-seven kilometers of magnets send an enormous amount

of data to their several thousand servers. Elastic Search allows them to store, search,

and index all of the information. According to the CERN website they handle between a

thousand and twenty-two thousand documents per second! If they didn’t have Elastic

Search to send queries about key words and numbers, all of that information would be

unorganized, uncategorized, and essentially useless!

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