Provide Resources For The Olympics (Part 2)

5/28/2012 5:23:39 PM

Safety cell

Description: the technology laboratory of LOCOG in Canary Wharf

The technology laboratory of LOCOG in Canary Wharf for the Olympic 2012

Visit the technology laboratory of LOCOG in Canary Wharf, we see the PCs and staffs which will provide the technology core in each Olympic event. Each event has a cell, which contains 3 servers and a small group of engineers. Two servers run simultaneously to provide backup server immediately if there is malfunction. Third server is a backup machine that can be switched if a server is failed. The GT350-branded F1 Tower server  of Gateway (a subsidiary of Acer) uses the processor and Xeon chipset are slightly outdated, but the technology was examined.

In addition to be tested at Canary Wharf, the event cells were tested at the actual test in preparation event for the Olympic. While we were there, LOCOG was preparing to send weightlifting cells to Excel, and when this Shopper issue launch, the cell for track cycling will be tested in cycling World Cup at the Olympic race.

Description: The Gateway GT350 F1's

The Gateway GT350 F1's

Every block will be tested this way before the competition starts, and if there is any problem occur, we may need more fake events to solve competition issues. To the Olympics, every cell will be ready, not just at Olympic Park, but also in all arenas in the UK.

Of course, the PC is only a possible failure point. We have talked to the representatives about terms of internet connection and the server power supply but they avoided, we are sure that every cell will have a backup system.

CIS Express

Description: Olympic Screen on mound

The large number of athletes at Olympic is impressive, but they were overwhelmed by the number of reporters to cover the event, directly at the venues as well as from the main Center for International TV/Press Centre (IBC / MPC) at Olympic Park.

This huge building will contain about 20 thousand members of the media throughout the event, including TV broadcasters, photographers and reporters. It has 29 thousand m2 of office space, a village serving about 50 thousand meals/day and a 200m long high road for quick access to utilities such as banks, travel agents and post office. With everyone, excepting those who have tickets in the 8.8 million tickets, Olympic is the media event. Much information is distributed by the media will be placed on the fingers of the reporters by Commentator Information System (CIS).

The first time in Olympic history, all 26 games and 5 Paralympic competitions will have access from the same interface. Software for commentator to access results quickly, as well as background information on the performance of athletes in the previous period. Acer is providing about 2,000 touch screens for the commentator at the Olympic venues to give them quick access to the information they need.

However, CIS is only one mean of providing information. It will also be sent to the competition result system of Omega, where it will be presented for the benefit of commentators and athletes.

Meet TOC

Description: Technology operation center will control all technology through the Games

Technology operation center will control all technology through the Games

CIS and other information systems are managed by the technology operations center (TOC). It has been operating since May 2011, and had arranged data from the trial events and act as a first point of contact for troubleshooting.

At the Olympic peak, TOC will have about 450 IT staffs work to provide people for 150 places. Beside the result system, they will monitor the health of technology infrastructure (data centers, for example), IT security, power and communication systems. An employee TOC revealed that there is a backup TOC elsewhere in case a problem occurs and destroys the main base, but no official confirmation for this.

Wider equipment terms

Not every provided PC is involved in the result recognition or helps the media to broadcast the news. Many thousands of PCs will be used to sell  tickets and organize 200 thousands of employees and volunteers. Others are provided for the athletes to use, so that they can keep in touch with each other and family.

We asked Acer what would happen to the PCs after the Games end. Acer said that they are the property of LOCOG now. Some will still be used in other arenas. After the Vancouver Olympics had finished, the remaining PCs are purchased by local government for use in libraries, schools etc, so perhaps a similar deal will happen here.

As you can see, there are many technologies behind the scenes at the Olympics. It may not be the most advanced, but it's there to work quietly and reliably than your eyes. If the Olympics have passed without any problems with the score or the result board, you can be sure that the technology companies and IT staffs will celebrate.
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