Search and Discovery at SoundCloud


A short talk describing the evolution of the search and discovery infrastructure at SoundCloud.

  • A description of some of the problems we encountered in the original, organically-developed search architecture, and how they were solved via the greenfield development of a new architecture based on ElasticSearch.
  • A description of how we perform relevance ranking for search results, and how we can extend that ranking for other product features.
  • An overview of SoundCloud's Service-Oriented Architecture approach to building complex systems.

Ideally, the talk would conclude with plenty of time for Q&A.

About the speaker: 
Peter Bourgon is a distributed systems and backend engineer at SoundCloud.

Schedule info

Time slot: 
3 June 14:15 - 14:40