Today, Emiel Mols graduated when presenting the master thesis project he did at Spotify in Stockholm, Sweden. Emiel got quite some attention last year when he launched SpotifyOnTheWeb, leaving Spotify “no choice but to hire him”.
In the master thesis, Emiel describes a prototype implementation of a term sharded full text search architecture. The system's requirements are based on the use case of searching for music in the Spotify catalogue. He benchmarked the system using non-synthethic data gathered from Spotify’s infrastructure.
The thesis will be available from ePrints.