This Week in Elasticsearch - April 09, 2014

Welcome to This Week in Elasticsearch. In this roundup, we try to inform you about the latest and greatest changes in Elasticsearch. We cover what happened in the GitHub repositories, as well as many Elasticsearch events happening worldwide, and give you a small peek into the future of the project.

Elasticsearch Core

  • Lucene internal: Added a frequency caching terms enum, used by aggregations and the phrase suggester (#5597, master, 1.x and 1.1)
  • Bulk API: Fix possible missing mapping creation (#5623, master, 1.x, 1.1 and 1.0)
  • Scripting internal: ScriptDocValues.EMPTY doesn't implement <code>getValue (#5546, master, 1.x, 1.1 and 1.0)
  • Suggest:Require precision in mapping for geo context suggestions (#5621, master, 1.x and 1.1)
  • Bulk API: Added BulkProcessor.flush() method (#5575, master and 1.x)
  • Parent/Child: Moved the decision to load fielddata eagerly to a better place (#5569, master and 1.x)
  • Internals: Fix possible NullPointerException in <code>PagedBytesReference (#5667, master and 1.x)
  • Mapping: Support null values for geo_point type (#5680, master, 1.x and 1.1)
  • Startup: Allow to configure to display stack traces during start up (#5102, master and 1.x)
  • Settings API: Add getAsRatio to <code>Settings class (#5690, master and 1.x)
  • Internal: Use a new releasable bytes output, which can be recycled, used netty and the translog, where the recycling will help (#5691, master and 1.x)
  • Fielddata: Added support for global ordinals (#5672, master and 1.x)
  • Mapping: Use doc-values for binary fields (#5669, master and 1.x)
  • Lucene: Added lucene LMSimilarity similarity (#5697, master and 1.x)
  • Aggregations: LongHash add/key not consistent (#5693, master and 1.x)
  • Internal: Renamed readPrimitive*Array()/writePrimitive*Array() methods in StreamInput/StreamOutput (#5710, master abd 1.x)
  • REST API: Refactoring and code deduplication (#5708, master 1.x)
  • Allocation: Ensure failed shards are not re-assigned to the same nodes if multiple replicas failed at once (#5725, master, 1.x, 1.1 and 1.0)
  • Parent/Child: Fix assertions for rewrite reader (#5731, master and 1.x)

Alexander Reelsen treats the audience at the Berlin Experts Days Conference to all things Elasticsearch, Logstash and Kibana
Photo courtesy of Lennart Koopmann.

Elasticsearch Ecosystem

Here's some more information about what is happening in the ecosystem we are maintaining around the ELK stack - that's Elasticsearch plus Logstash and Kibana - including plugin and driver releases.

Attendees of the first Elasticsearch Korea User Group share a meal after the meeting.
Photo courtesy of JongMin Kim.

Slides & Videos

Graham Tackley, Director of Guardian News and Media, speaks on Democratizing Attention Data at The Guardian using Elasticsearch

Health Market Science tell us how they use Elasticsearch during the first ever Elasticsearch Philadelphia Meetup

JongMin Kim's presentation at the first Elasticsearch Korea User Group meeting

David Pilato shared his slides from Cloud Conference Italy

Luca Cavanna

Full house at the April Elasticsearch Amsterdam Meetup, where Luca Cavanna talked about new features in 1.1

Boaz Leskes treats attendees to an Elasticsearch Marvel demo at the April Elasticsearch Amsterdam Meetup

Where to Find Us

We'd love to feature all the great Elasticsearch, Logstash and Kibana presentations and meetups happening worldwide in this section. If you're speaking or hosting a meetup, let our Community Manager, Leslie Hawthorn, know!


Elasticsearch is very excited to send our first speaker from the company to Brasil! Leslie Hawthorn, our Community Manager, will be returning to FISL once again to speak on Community 2.0: Beyond Using Software Livre. Leslie will speak on May 7th and FISL 15 runs from May 7-10th in Porto Alegre. Her talk will be in English but most of the talks on the program are given in BR-PT. Leslie will also be on hand to answer questions you may have about Elasticsearch, Logstash and Kibana.




  • Jordan Sissel will speak at the Open Source Data Center Conference in Berlin, discussing how to Find Happiness in Your Logs. The conference will run from April 8-10th. He will also be speaking at PuppetCamp Berlin, directly following the Open Source Data Center Conference in Berlin on April 11th. Please plan to stop by the Elasticsearch table at PuppetCamp Berlin to say hello to Jordan and Leslie!
  • The first ever Frankfurt Elasticsearch Meetup will convene on April 14th. The first meeting will be an informal gathering to discuss future talks, meeting times and to enjoy each others' company. Plan to join the meetup at 7 PM.
  • The Search Meetup Munich group will get together on April 15th. Our own Alexander Reelsen is the group's organizer, and will likely treat you to some delightful bits on Elasticsearch. Doors open at 7 PM.
  • Boaz Leskes will be speak at NoSQL Matters Cologne on Elasticsearch: Deep dive into analytics using Aggregations. The conference runs from April 29-30th.
  • Our friends at XING have created the Hamburg Elasticsearch User Group and will welcome Alexander Reelsen at the first meeting on Wednesday, May 7th. Alex will cover Using ElasticSearch, Logstash & Kibana to create realtime dashboards. Doors open at 6:30 PM.


David Pilato will present Make sense of your (BIG) data! at the Codemotion Roma Conference The conference takes place in Rome on April 11-12th, and David will speak at 2:10 PM on the 12th.


The 4th Elasticsearch study session has been scheduled by Jun Ohtani. Please plan to join the meeting at 7 PM on April 21st.


Costin Leau will be speaking at the Translyvania JUG on April 14th, covering an Introduction to Elasticsearch. Doors open at 6 PM.


Clinton Gormley has been invited to speak at the Barcelona on Rails Meetup on May 15th. Join him for a presentation on Elasticsearch's Query DSL: Not just for wizards! Doors open at 7 PM, and thanks to the fine folks at XING for hosting us!

South Africa

Clinton Gormley will take the stage at ScaleConf to talk Scaling real time search and analytics with Elasticsearch. The conference runs April 10th and 11th in Cape Town.


David Pilato will speak at the Esprit JUG Days in Ariana. Further details of the conference schedule are forthcoming, but mark your calendar for May 7th and 8th. In the meantime, you may want to visit the conference's Facebook page.

United Kingdom

United States

  • You can still join us for tonight's Elasticsearch Austin Meetup. Attendees will hear from from Zachary Tong on Elasticsearch & Query Optimization, and from Aaron Mildenstein on Logstash. Doors open at 6:30 PM.
  • For folks in Washington, DC, the Elasticsearch Meetup group will convene on April 10th at LivingSocial's offices. Their engineering team will present their Elasticsearch use case.
  • Cameron Lane will be talk Elasticsearch and Python clients at the Python Atlanta Meetup on April 10th.
  • Kevin Kluge will present ELK: How Elasticsearch, Logstash, and Kibana provide real-time data enlightenment at the DevNation Conference. Kevin's talk will take place on Thursday, April 17th at 9:45 AM. DevNation, co-located with Red Hat Summit, runs April 13-17 2014 at Moscone Center in San Francisco. Elasticsearch will be participating in the Partner Pavilion at Red Hat Summit, so if you are attending either conference we hope you will stop by our booth to say hello!
  • The Miami JVM Group will convene on May 13th and discuss an Introduction to Elasticsearch. Doors open at 7 PM.

Where to Find You

Our Community Manager, Leslie Hawthorn, is hard at work to help folks create more Elasticsearch meetup groups and to help meetup organizers find more speakers. If you are interested in either effort, take a moment to let her know.

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