An Analysis of the Performance Bottlenecks in the Federated Search Information Flow

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-09ER85327
Agency Tracking Number: 91585
Amount: $99,534.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: 64 a
Solicitation Number: DE-FOA-0000350
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) 820-0301
Business Contact
 Abe Lederman
Title: Dr.
Phone: (505) 820-0301
Research Institution
Federated search technology can facilitate scientific discovery by providing one-stop access to a large number of information sources. However, performance bottlenecks and limitations in the ability to retrieve the most relevant results limit the benefits of this technology to DOE researchers, to other scientists, and to the public. This project will assess the performance of the entire federated search information flow, from the federated search engine, Explorit, to the content provider¿s search engine and back to Explorit. From this assessment, the major performance bottlenecks will be identified and approaches for reducing these bottlenecks will be recommended. In addition, documentation and tools will be developed to assist content providers in optimizing the performance of their search interfaces. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee Technology for reducing and eliminating bottlenecks in federated search should lead to market opportunities at national laboratories, major research-oriented universities, and the research departments of large corporations, including pharmaceutical and biotech companies, oil and gas companies, legal research firms, and financial institutions.

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