LinkedIn upgrades its search engine and ditches an array of open source extensions


LinkedIn has overhauled its search engine infrastructure in favor of a new system dubbed Galene, a homegrown engine designed to improve search results and problems with maintenance, the company plans to announce Thursday.

Using the improved search capabilities of the new architecture, a user can get better tailored results that are heavily personalized; what one user might see in his search results will be different than another user based on one’s own personal information. While this was somewhat possible in LinkedIn’s previous search engine, the new system is clearly faster, explained LinkedIn principal staff engineer Sriram Sankar who authored the blog post detailing Galene along with Asif Makhani, a LinkedIn director of engineering for search.

Search is the heart of LinkedIn, said Makhani, and people use LinkedIn as a professional search engine that helps them find jobs as well as aiding hiring managers who scout people based on specialized skills.

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