Lenovo hardware must qualify for Olympics too

As the Beijing Olympics approach, the testing deadline draws nearer for a technology infrastructure which has been built exclusively for the games by Lenovo. So the company is staging a dress rehearsal.

Lenovo reports over 30,000 pieces of its equipment will be used (desktop and notebook systems, servers, monitors, etc.) during the 2008 Summer Olympics, with some 580 of its engineers working on site.

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Before that can happen, however, the company intends to put the system under as much stress as it can during a three-day "dress rehearsal" that will take place on June 10-12.

The Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad (BOCOG) will oversee the event, called "Technical Rehearsal 2" (TR2) which will simulate what seems like every possible type of hardware malfunction. Lost/stolen equipment, hacks, damaged hardware, and power failure are just some of the hardships over 300 techs will have to experience.

Since the infrastructure will be used 24 hours a day for 17 days straight to cover the 302 events, Lenovo demands its staff and hardware train just as hard as the athletes.

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