2012 London Olympic computer system warms up

When the torch is lit to signal the start of the 2012 London Olympics, 900 servers, 1,000 network devices, and 9,500 computers will be working overtime. They are being extensively tested first.

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When the torch is lit to signal the start of the London Olympics, 900 servers, 1,000 network devices and 9,500 computers will be working overtime. Crave UK

On your marks, get set, go! Stress testing has begun on the computer systems that will keep the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games running. And jumping and diving and throwing and rowing and pedaling and wrestling and shooting and trampolining and swimming and winning.

Olympic chairman Seb Coe fired the starting pistol yesterday for IT boffins from Atos Origin to race through 200,000 hours of testing. A mini mock-up of the 34 Olympic venues has been created in a 2,000sq/m technology lab in London's Canary Wharf, where all manner of scenarios will be tested in advance. The system needs to be able to guard against problems from power failure to flooding to announcing the wrong results.

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Rich Trenholm is a senior editor at CNET where he covers everything from phones to bionic implants. Based in London since 2007, he has travelled the world seeking out the latest and best consumer technology for your enjoyment.

 

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