How the BBC builds scalable web applicationsPublished: Wednesday, 02 May 2012
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The BBC is one of the world’s most popular websites, with 20 million users every day. Building a site that can handle such a large amount of traffic, whilst still being quick, reliable, and fresh, is extremely challenging. Matthew Clark, Chief technical architect for the Sport and Olympic sites, gave his talk on the Wednesday, 25 April 2012. He looked at the technical architecture of BBC Online, to understand how it handles such a wide variety of content at the performance users expect, even at the busiest moments. He also discussed how the underlying data is stored and handled, and at the increasing importance of handling mobiles, tablets, and internet-connected TVs. As a case study he looked at the BBC’s coverage of this summer’s Olympics, which with live video and data from all 36 sports, will be BBC Online’s biggest ever project.