Currently we're just a handful of developers working part-time. At this point Nutch is coded entirely in Java, however persistent data is written in language-independent formats so that, if needed, modules may be re-written in other languages (e.g., C++) as the project progresses.

Nutch has not yet been tuned for quality. There are ten or twenty knobs that we can twiddle to adjust the ranking formula. We are developing software to do this tuning automatically, but the current code just contains guesses. With a little tuning we should be able to get results that are competitive with those of major search engines.

As of June, 2003, we have successfully built a 100 million page demo system. Unfortunately, we do not yet have enough hardware to support a public demo. Hopefully we will be able to add that in the next few months. Stay tuned.

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