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SF-Text Meetup at Meltwater

On October 15th we proudly hosted SF-Text at our Meltwater HQ in San Francisco. SF-Text is a popular NLP themed meetup in the Bay Area. The event was well-attended (+70 people) with plenty of NLP professionals and experts in the audience.

Our very own Babak Rasolzadeh (Director of Engineering, Data Science, Meltwater) gave a talk about NLP and Data Science at Meltwater with the title “The Importance of Entities”.

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Supercharging the Elasticsearch Percolator

We recently decided to open source our high-performance batch-percolator plugin for Elasticsearch. This article tells the story of how and why it was developed, and also gives you some insight into the scalability and performance problems we face daily in our engineering team.

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Meltwater hosting Global Day of Coderetreat in Gothenburg on Nov 14, 2015

“Coderetreat is a day-long, intensive practice event, focusing on the fundamentals of software development and design.” - http://coderetreat.org/about

“a day to celebrate passion and software craftsmanship” - http://globalday.coderetreat.org

The Meltwater Engineers are very passionate about software craftsmanship so it was an easy decision to host and sponsor the inaugural #gdcr event in Gothenburg, Sweden. Sign up here to join the fun!

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Riak, Elasticsearch and numad walk into a Red Hat

What starts like a joke is really a serious post about large distributed systems. This is what we run at meltwater - and while there is a lot of fun designing and administering these systems, we run into odd problems from time to time. In this case: some well-meant Red Hat memory optimisations interfering with Riak performance.