Jeremy Petersen

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The task seemed monumental: "Come up with a way to keep live Verity data indexed and accessible to multiple Web servers in a clustered environment." The scope of the data was huge - hundreds of thousands of pieces of content - with new additions made 24 hours a day, every day of the year. All known methods to accomplish this task just did not seem to do the job adequately. It was time to get creative. While analyzing the inner workings of the stock Verity 97 engine that ships with ColdFusion 4.5, the following keys to success were identified: Verity searches are CPU-intense; thus it would be best not to force all the servers in the cluster to search on one server, but rather make each server responsible for its own searches to best spread out the workload. Verity indexing is even more CPU-intensive than the searching; thus any box stuck with the task of continual i... (more)