Nova Spivack's Semantic Web Startup
By bblfish on Sep 01, 2006
Nova Spivack who co-founded Earth Web, is now working on a well funded Semantic Web startup, and has been joined by some big names from Sun in the last week. Recently he has started opening up a little on his blog about what they are doing:
Another cool thing today was a presentation by Peter Royal, about the work he and Bob McWhirter have done architecting our distributed grid. For those of you who don't know, part of our system is a homegrown distributed grid server architecture for massive-scale semantic search. It's not the end-product, but it's something we need for our product. It's kind of our equivalent of Google's backend -- only semantically aware. Like Google, our distributed server architecture is designed to scale efficiently to large numbers of nodes and huge query loads. What's hard, and what's new about what we have done, is that we've accomplished this for much more complex data than the simple flat files that Google indexes. In a way you could say that what this enables is the database equivalent of what Google has done for files. All of us in the presentation were struck by how elegantly designed the architecture is.
Well. That just seems damn cool.