Open Source Development

Posted by Liam Molloy on November 26, 2013 in ASP.NET, C#, CSS/HTML/JavaScript

At Ancestry.com, we have many developers whom contribute to open source projects. Today I want to talk about an open source project I have been involved in, along with one of my team members Shane Burke. As contributing to open source projects is not directly related to the day to day development work at Ancestry,… Read more

Imagine Future Technology for Family History Simulations

Posted by Lincoln Cannon on November 19, 2013 in Development, Machine Learning, Science

Ancestry.com is a technology company that knows family history – not just a family history company, and not even a family history company that just happens to use technology. Technology, and particularly computing, is essential to our mission to help everyone discover, preserve and share family history. Without it, we could still tell family stories… Read more

The Platform Initiative at Ancestry.com

Posted by Jim Mosher on November 18, 2013 in API, Development

Ancestry.com has been operating a massive data service and website for over 17 years. As you might imagine, the needs of the business 17 years ago were much different from what they are now. Currently supporting over two million subscribers and providing access to more than 12 billion records in over 30,000 historical collections, Ancestry.com… Read more

First steps to building a scalable high volume messaging system

Posted by Xuyen On on November 16, 2013 in Big Data

At Ancestry.com we are becoming more data driven. That means we want to capture more data about our systems, including how our users are interacting with them. Part of that strategy is to capture the log files from our application servers and put them into our Hadoop cluster. We have tried using MSMQ and RabbitMQ… Read more

Adventures in Big Data: Presented Scaling AncestryDNA using Hadoop and HBase at QCon San Francisco

Posted by Bill Yetman on November 14, 2013 in Big Data, DNA, Technology Conferences

Jeremy Pollack, an engineer on the DNA Pipeline Team, and I presented together at QCon San Francisco this week. It was a real tag team effort from two different points-of-view – the “Manager” and the “Developer” view of the same project. Having both of us on stage was a first, but it seemed to work really… Read more

Ancestry.com to Present at QConSF

Posted by Melissa Garrett on November 9, 2013 in Agile, Big Data, Technology Conferences

Like many organizations, Ancestry.com is constantly accumulating more high volume, high velocity data of all kinds. We apply innovation at scale to handle 10 petabytes of highly dynamic family history data, and a flood of new data derived from our autosomal DNA test, AncestryDNA. How do we do it? Join our dynamic duo Bill Yetman… Read more