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PLIERS: A Parallel Information Retrieval System Using MPI

MacFarlane, A., McCann, J. A. & Robertson, S. E. (1999). PLIERS: A Parallel Information Retrieval System Using MPI. In: Dongarra, J., Luque, E. & Margalef, T. (Eds.), Recent Advances in Parallel Virtual Machine and Message Passing Interface. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 1697. (pp. 317-324). Berlin: Springer-Verlag. doi: 10.1007/3-540-48158-3_39


The use of MPI in implementing algorithms for Parallel Information Retrieval Systems is outlined. We include descriptions on methods for Indexing, Search and Update of Inverted Indexes as well as a method for Information Filtering. In Indexing we describe both local build and distributed build methods. Our description of Document Search includes that for Term Weighting, Boolean, Proximity and Passage Retrieval Operations. Document Update issues are centred on how partitioning methods are supported. We describe the implementation of term selection algorithms for Information Filtering and finally work in progress is outlined.

Publication Type: Book Section
Additional Information: The final publication is available at Springer via
Subjects: Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Computer Science > Human Computer Interaction Design
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