Short name: URL Frontier
Long name: Large scale web crawling with URL Frontier

Company: CameraForensics
Country: United Kingdom

Call: F4Fp-SME-COD210601 (see call details)
Proposal number: F4Fp-SME-COD210601-02


URL Frontier is an ongoing open source project funded by NLNet ( The aim of the project is to provide an API and reference implementation for a crawl frontier, which can power various web crawlers, independently from their implementation language and scalability.

The project has nearly reached its second milestone, which provides a scalable implementation of the service. A module for StormCrawler (a mature open source web crawler) has already been developed and allows using it alongside the URL Frontier service.

This Fed4Fire Innovative Experiment proposal seeks to deploy the reference implementation of URL Frontier and run it with StormCrawler in order to test a large-scale web crawl. This is to confirm that it can (1) function robustly (2) perform at least as efficiently as existing approaches and (3) can efficiently handle large volumes of data.


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