Olympic partner Lenovo has completed its third delivery of hardware – 3 500 items including servers, desktops, monitors and notebooks – to the Integration Test Center of the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad (BOCOG).
The next phase in preparing for the Olympic Games begins this week with the “Good Luck Beijing” events, 42 sporting competitions which will be used to test all aspects of the computing hardware during actual competition – an arduous year-long process that ensures the systems are ready for the actual Olympic Games. The tests will end just weeks before the Opening Ceremony on 8 August 2008.
“The upcoming tests are, in effect, a full rehearsal for the 2008 Games, ensuring the reliability of the hardware that forms the Games’ computing backbone,” says BOCOG technology director Yang Yichun.
In its final delivery, Lenovo provided BOCOG with 242 servers, 140 server racks, 2 375 desktop computers and 141 notebook computers for a total of more than 8 200 pieces of computing equipment powering 56 Olympic venues (39 competition venues and 17 data centres and BOCOG centers) in seven cities.
In total, Lenovo will be providing approximately 14 000 pieces of computing equipment for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
The computing systems supporting the Games will be tested at 42 separate events, including World Cup qualifying matches, the Beijing International Marathon and international tennis events. One hundred and fifty Lenovo engineers and support staff will work in concert with various partners to ensure complete preparedness for the test events.
“After years of preparation and planning, the testing phase is vital because implementation of the Games’ computer infrastructure will take place literally overnight,” says Alice Li, Lenovo’s vice-president of Olympic marketing. “We have worked with BOCOG to put together Lenovo systems that meet the specific requirements of this complex system, and we are ready to see them in action.”
The two primary PCs that make up the Olympic Games IT infrastructure will be the ThinkPad T60 notebook PC and the Kaitian KTS 660A desktop (marketed outside China as the ThinkCentre M55e).
The sheer physical scale of the Olympic Games is rivaled only by their ‘virtual’ scale. To ensure the smooth and seamless systems operation demanded by the Games, Lenovo chose the SureServer R520, T350 and R630 servers, which will be responsible for handling hundreds of thousands of requests per second for everything from athlete biographical information to the latest scores to organizing BOCOG activities.
During the 2008 Games, a large number of applications will be running on Lenovo equipment, including Games Management Systems; staffing and scheduling; accreditation; transportation; sports entries and qualifications; timing and scoring; ticketing; Lenovo Internet lounges in the athlete villages and more.
Many of these systems will need to be duplicated in seven different cities – Beijing, Hong Kong, Dalian, Qingdao, Tianjin, Qinhuangdao and Shanghai – with systems in place to control all venues remotely.
By the beginning of the Games next year, the number of Lenovo technicians and engineers working on-site at BOCOG will reach nearly 400, including a core team of more than 10 staff members with experience from the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games.
As a worldwide Olympic Partner and the exclusive computing equipment supplier for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, the company recently launched the first Lenovo PCs to be distributed worldwide displaying Lenovo's Olympic Games composite logo, which features the brand name and the Olympic rings.
Six Lenovo 3000 desktop PCs, the redesigned silver and black Lenovo 3000 J200/J200p/J205 tower and S200/S200p/S205, and the ThinkCentre A61 desktop are all now available worldwide with the logo.