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Chess Olympiad on the internet: Over 60 million file downloads per day

Dresden, 16/11/2008
Over 510 linked chess boards live on the internet – for the first time in history, all games of the chess olympiad could be followed from the beginning without any problems.

Michael Breidung, head of IT at the Chess Olympiad and of the Eigenbetrieb IT of the city of Dresden says: “We are very proud of this achievement. The Chess Olympiad in Dresden has the highest number of chess players, the highest number of boards, and still the equipment worked on a high level.” During the first hour there were over one million views. On the first day 32 million file downloads were counted. 22 million times the chess boards were looked on, and 10 million times the homepage was retrieved. On the second and also on the third day there were over 60 million file downloads. The peak was between 7 and 8 pm.

A cable of 10 gigabit per second supplies the games on the internet. In addition, five so called blade-centers with several servers and 200 additional computers are necessary. Up to 50 technicians of the Technical University of Dresden, of the Eigenbetrieb IT of the city of Dresden, of PC-Ware, IBM, EMC, Comvenient, Sun, Sysback, of the FIDE and the Deutsche Forschungsnetz worked together on this project.