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The index as a first class citizen

Matt Jaffe was on a recent episode of Go Time and also gave this talk at OSCON recently on indexes as a first class citizen. In this video Matt talks about a piece of software that's purely an index, not a database, not a datastore, just the index — and optimizing that single piece of software to be very fast!

Here's a quick breakdown of an index as a first class citizen:

  • Standalone application, not just a data structure
  • Horizontally scalable, distributed
  • FAST, indexes should make things faster
  • Flexible, integrates with other datastores and data types

Also, learn more about Pilosa to see Matt's work in action.

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