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The London 2012 Paralympic Games were the second-largest multi-sport event ever held in the UK, and the largest Paralympics ever. Coverage reached 39.9 million people over the course of the Games.
Channel 4 anticipated massive public interest in the online coverage of the games (http://www.channel4.com/paralympics) in support of the nearly 500 hours of total coverage planned. In the duration of the Games, the website received 10 million hits.
It was important that the website could support the huge spikes in traffic caused by key events, as it was seen as the "voice" of the Games, offering exclusive insights and multimedia content.
Performance experts Intechnica worked with Channel 4 to make sure the website would be able to comfortably handle the large number of page requests that such a high-profile website was guaranteed to attract.
Intechnica used TrafficSpike to generate thousands of page requests a second from cloud-based virtual users, based on the traffic expected by Channel 4 at peak times.
Intechnica's analysis and results gave Channel 4 a clear understanding of the capabilities of the site under peak load, and confidence that it would perform.
Channel 4's coverage of the London 2012 Paralympic Games was a major success for the broadcaster, both in terms of television audience ratings and website hits.
The opening ceremony was watched by 11.2 million viewers - Channel 4's biggest audience in over 10 years - with the biggest sporting event audience being 6.3 million viewers for the T44 100m final, where Jonnie Peacock won the gold medal.
These viewing figures helped drive 1.8 million unique users to the website, and 10 million page views, without any outages experienced.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Our Technical Director, Andy Still, will be speaking alongside Mark Smith (QA Manager, Channel 4) at the BCS SIGiST Summer Conference. They will be talking in depth about effective performance evaluation in CI environments, as part of a fantastic day of interesting talks.register add to calendar