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In-Memory Computing Powers Real-Life Marathons

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While marathons themselves haven’t changed much since ancient Greece, the experience surrounding them is limited only by imagination and technology. Chronotrack’s technology supports some of the world’s biggest races, like the New York and the Paris Marathons, providing detailed performance and scoring info to thousands of participants in real-time. Furthermore, it personalizes the experience with photos, videos and other assets that athletes and their families can share via social media, for an unforgettable “in the moment” experience.

Demand for Chronotrack’s services is exploding. Normally that’s good news, but if you’re tasked with providing the computing power for this kind of operation, it presents a challenge – the sheer volume and speed of data is enough to overwhelm normal architecture. To address this, Bob  Lyons of Chronotrack is leveraging the GridGain platform.  GridGain uses In-memory computing – a technology which has only recently become commercially viable – to not only give Chronotrack a previously unimagined degree of scalability, but also to allow Chronotrack to lay the foundation for entirely new services, and take its racing experience to the next level.

GridGain is the only company that could provide us with the real time Big Data solution that fit our requirements,” said Ilya Sterin, Software Architect/Engineer, ChronoTrack Systems. “In the race timing business, time is quite literally money. The ability to collect and process real time data is critical for us to provide our customers with the service they need, which includes real time scoring, messaging and multimedia processing. GridGain allows us to do that even for customers in charge of organizing races with an extremely large number of participants.”

 

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