Technology and the Olympics: 2012 vs 1948

Technology and the Olympics: 2012 vs 1948

Summary: The 2012 London Olympics are approaching fast, and computer technology is absolutely critical to their success — unlike the last time the capital hosted the Games. Here is a tour of the Olympic Park and some of the back-end systems


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  • Commentator Information System

    Commentator Information System (CIS)
    For broadcasters, a key tool will be the Commentator Information System (CIS), which is a statistician's dream. Available on some 1,500 Acer touchscreen PCs, the Atos-developed CIS integrates timings and results for 36 disciplines almost instantaneously with a vast database of information relating to each event and its history. Any commentator should be able to sound well-informed with the CIS at their fingertips.

    Photo credit: Charles McLellan

  • Technology Operations Centre

    LOCOG's equivalent of NASA's Mission Control is the Technology Operations Centre (TOC), which is housed in the same Canary Wharf location as the ITL. We were only allowed to press our noses against the TOC's glass wall, which accounts for the reflections in the above photo. What we didn't see — or even learn the location of — is LOCOG's primary datacentre, which houses Acer (Altos R270m2) and Gateway (GR380F1, GR585F1) rack servers, along with Hitachi (AMS2100, AMS2500) SAN storage systems.

    At 'games-time', the TOC will be staffed around the clock by some 450 technicians, monitoring IT security, telecommunications, power and event results systems.

    Photo credit: Charles McLellan

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Topics: Servers, Reviews, Olympics 2012


Charles has been in tech publishing since the late 1980s, starting with Reed's Practical Computing, then moving to Ziff-Davis to help launch the UK version of PC Magazine in 1992. ZDNet came looking for a Reviews Editor in 2000, and he's been here ever since.

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