Frequently Asked Questions

Why do some searches take longer than others?

When you press the button to search a great deal of processing takes place before we can present the results to you. This changes depending upon the search, the number of terms being investigated and the number of documents in the collection. All of this is currently done on a single machine with code that has been optimised to ensure it is as fast as possible. Cheshire can make use of very large scale parallel processing systems, such as the TeraGrid at the San Diego Super Computing Centre, one of our international partners, and we are currently engaging in discussions with the North West Grid to see if we can test this further for future implementations of NaCTeM services. Check with the NaCTeM news regularly to keep up to date on this and other developments.