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Subject Mentor(s) required for a search engine project
Date Tue, 16 Nov 2004 15:04:14 GMT
I am looking for a Mentor(s) for the following project.
We are developing a new open source search engine provisionally named "Locust" and are looking
for an open source organization to host this project. The main features of Locust are:
*	 High performance - about one million documents per day on a Dell PowerEdge 2500 server,
index size of up to ten million documents with fast search is successfully used.
*	 Integration of full-text search with directory assisted search (Yahoo style) is built in.
*	A multi-threaded Linux application written in C++ with STL.
Locust is based on complete rewriting of another open search engine ASPseek (
The reason for rewriting was a dismal state of ASPseek code that made it impossible to develop
it further. Whoever wrote it made a very good job on general architecture and features, but
had no idea about software engineering. New code is reasonably clean and modular. Although
it generally mimics the functionality of ASPseek (plus added integration with directories
and better document set selection), it is possible now, due to its modular structure, to develop
the code in many interesting direction, such as indexing document from different sources (in
addition to the Web), creating distributed search services where many Locust based search
engines cooperate via TCP/IP, etc.

I would be glad to provide more information to potential Mentors.

        Gregory Kozlovsky

Project Manager for Information Systems 		Tel: +41 (0)1 632 63 70
International Relations and Security Network (ISN)	Fax: +41 (0)1 632 14 13
Center for Security Studies 				Email:
ETH Zürich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich)
Leonhardshalde 21, ETH-Zentrum / LEH
CH-8092 Zürich, Switzerland

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