I’m very happy with progress on the slow speed of TRIP – we’re no longer slow! I appreciate slowness is relative, but we’ve gone from 10+ seconds for the search results to be shown to between 1-2 seconds. Before it took and age and now it seems quick.

The basic problem was the way the system handled the snippets (the small pieces of text below the document title). These were identified as the bottleneck and so they way the results are returned has been changed to take into account this slowness. Previously, the results and snippets were generated and displayed. Now the results are displayed and the snippets dropped in when they’re ready. There are other potential areas of optimisation but we can consider these at our leisure!

Apologies for the slowness of the system to date and enjoy the new speed.