The fastest tennis service according to
rdid=44299"> Guiness (measured by IBM*) is 246.2
km/h (153 mph) by Andy Roddick(USA) during a Championship match against
Paradorn Srichaphan (Thailand) at the Queen's Club, London, UK, on June
So Andy Murray(UK) was, in his own words," obviously pretty chuffed " yesterday having just beat Roddick on day 6 of Wimbledon. The lesson here is that server speed isn't everything, it is also about performance optimization. (hey - just like the value autonomic computing provides!)
IBM is also 'obviously pretty chuffed' too about having worked for the past 17 consecutive years to create an annual state-of-the-art Web site that gives tennis fans around the globe a “virtual seat” at the tournament. IBM provides a flexible, cross-platform infrastructure, powered by self-managing autonomic technology, that scales up to handle hundreds of times the normal All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) traffic, and then scales down when the tournament is over.
The wimbledon website provides realtime scores in traditional HTML format without refreshing the whole page and an On Demand Scoreboard, a downloadable, application that “pushes” scoring information to users. This application provides statistics on the live matches, and a view of current scores on all courts. New for 2006, an updated PointTracker feature which offers animated 3D graphics of each shot hit during a point for selected singles matches.
IBM provides a Cisco wireless LAN Solution using Cisco Aironet 1200 Access Points using 802.11g technology to handle the expected increase in traffic not only from members and players but the media for example, wireless hotspots in the photographers' pit enable relay of photos using file transfer protocol (FTP) in seconds. The 'Pocket Wimbledon' solution provides access to a wide range of content from the Wimbledon intranet to mobile users via Personal Digital Assistant (PDA). Wimbledon also uses an automated retail system, provided by IBM Retail Store Solutions and a Real Time Identification (RTID) application is used at perimeter gates. Some interesting facts:
Servers: On-site - eServer i5 520 (running Linux on POWER) runs the Wimbledon.org Internet Scoring system, the Web site publisher and the Staging server. Off-site – p5 550 Express servers which support the Wimbledon.org Web site (HTTP serving and application serving) leveraging the IBM Virtualisation Engine capability.
Software: WebSphere Business Integration Message Broker, WebSphere Application Server, WebSphere Commerce, WorkPlace Web Content Management, DB2 Universal Database for Linux, Tivoli Monitoring, Tivoli Events Console, Tivoli Security and Compliance Manager, Tivoli Intelligent ThinkDynamics Orchestrator. Tivoli Provisioning Manager.
Services: IBM Global Business Services, IBM Global Technology Services.
Official Web Site Statistics - The following 2005 statistics are for the official Web site, Wimbledon.org.
- unique users: 4.7 million
- page views: 212.6 million
- average time on site: 2 Hours and 2 minutes (122 minutes)
- percent of site visits from: Australia – 3%, Asia – 8%, Europe – 52%, US – 27%
SW19 is not only where you will find Wimbledon and the AELTC but also where you will find us serving up some of the fastest and most reliable technology on the planet to our customers this week.
*IBM provides a courtside radar system which displays the serve speed on the IBM courtside display and sends the serve speed and directional data to the IBM scoring system.