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Published on Dec 14, 2013
Presented by Adrien Grand, Software Engineer, Elasticsearch
Although people usually come to Lucene and related solutions in order to make data searchable, they often realize that it can do much more for them. Indeed, its ability to handle high loads of complex queries make Lucene a perfect fit for analytics applications and, for some use-cases, even a credible replacement for a primary data-store. It is important to understand the design decisions behind Lucene in order to better understand the problems it can solve and the problems it cannot solve. This talk will explain the design decisions behind Lucene, give insights into how Lucene stores data on disk and how it differs from traditional databases. Finally, there will be highlights of recent and future changes in Lucene index file formats.