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PGA Tour Is On Par With Linux

Linux and Golf... Smooth As A 20 Foot Putt Right Into The Cup

  • June 9, 2003
  • By Rob Reilly

The world of sandtraps, water barriers, and greens seems a distanct place from the dry, austere environment of IT. So why would the PGA Tour have an interest in Linux?

The quest began when the PGA Tour started producing Tourcast. Tourcast is a graphical Flash application that shows, in real time, the progress of a tournament on a Web browser. It displays the locations of players, the location of the ball, obstacles, and other tournament information. Tournament events show up on the web audiences' browser between 8 and 18 seconds after they happen on the course.

The PGA needed ultra reliability, especially when covering a live tournament with their Tourcast application. So, it should come as no real surprise that they would run their web site and Tourcast application on Linux systems.

The PGA Tour also needed variable web server capacity. During a tournament, server demands would spike to extremely high levels to handle Tourcast. But the rest of the time, the server had to simply handle normal web page queries. The PGA Tour had already worked with IBM Technical Support since 1992, so the IBM team went to work to solve this new problem. Using Linux and mainframes, IBM engineers provided exactly the right solution.

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