The Fifth Elephant 2015

A conference on data, machine learning, and distributed and parallel computing

Map Tile Server

Submitted by Niranjan Bala V (@niranjanbalav) on Monday, 15 June 2015

Section: Crisp Talk Technical level: Intermediate


Problem Statement
Our previous maps at CommonFloor used JavaScript to show listings on google maps. The user experience would break in high density, zoom/pan, application of filters. To solve the problem, we have overlaid our own tiles (transparent PNG images of size 256 x 256) on google map. These tiles are generated from backend and improve the maps experience significantly by making the whole operation essentially independent of client’s machine. It also allows maps to render hundreds and thousands of data points without effecting the performance.


This talk outlines what it takes to build your own custom tileserver from scratch.

Speaker bio

Niranjan is a Tech lead at Commonfloor, handling maps developments.


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