28 Feb '14, 4pm

How Octopart Manages Product Search Across 30 Million Electronic Components

How Octopart Manages Product Search Across 30 Million Electronic Components

Octopart dev/ops pre-AWS, at an undisclosed co-location facility. Octopart’s goal to help engineers quickly find component data requires innovative, robust solutions to hard technical problems. Luckily, we all love tackling these sorts of problems. As our database has grown from 1 million to 30 million parts and our users have become more sensitive to data errors and daily pricing changes, our infrastructure has evolved to handle large amounts of data robustly and quickly. The bulk of our data processing is on product offers attached to these parts. The life of a product offer begins offsite, on the servers of distributors we partner with. Every day we receive and pull client feeds from e-mails, FTP, and web submissions. On an average day we receive feeds containing a total of 20 million product offers. We have defined our own feed format in the lingua franca of the distri...

Full article: http://octopart.com/blog/archives/2014/2/engineering-blog...

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