Achieving a High Level of Scalability in Federated Information Retrieval

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-06ER84659
Agency Tracking Number: 80762S06-I
Amount: $499,078.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: 45
Solicitation Number: DE-FG01-05ER05-28
Small Business Information
301 North Guadalupe, Suite 201, Santa Fe, NM, 87501
DUNS: 112224766
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Abe Lederman
 (505) 672-0007
Business Contact
 Abe Lederman
Title: Mr
Phone: (505) 672-0007
Research Institution
A federated search engine that is capable of searching, aggregating, and ranking more than a small fraction of scientific content of interest to researchers does not exist. Consequently, scientific discoveries cannot be easily found and leveraged for further advancements. This project will implement and test a number of key performance enhancements to an existing federated search product, Explorit, to enable the searching of thousands of sources by thousands of users. In Phase I, Explorit was instrumented with performance-monitoring tools and a number of performance bottlenecks were identified. Phase II will continue the enhancement of the federated search engine by developing and utilizing sophisticated performance monitoring tools.Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: The improved search engine should be of use to national laboratories, major research-oriented universities, and the research departments of large corporations (including pharmaceutical and biotech companies, and oil and gas companies). Legal research firms and financial institutions represent other potential markets.

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