The technology behind the Vancouver Olympic Games

The switches, smartphones, telepresence and Web technologies that will keep the Olympic games running smoothly and keep viewers in touch

The Vancouver Organizing Committee (VANOC) deployed a combination of 125 Sun SPARC Enterprise and 475 Sun Fire AMD and Intel-based x64 servers and Sun StorageTek storage products for the games' 13 core systems. One of them is an Information Diffusion System (IDS), developed by integrator Atos Origin, that will be used to compile and distribute real-time data such as scoring and timing results to athletes, officials, commentators, and media. For example, information collected from sensors on a downhill ski run will be relayed through the Sun servers for worldwide distribution over the Internet. Systems based on Sun Fire X4100 servers and the Windows operating system will be used to manage attendee accreditation, calendars, and VANOC's daily business operations.

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