How NASA battle-tested its Mars rover live stream

NASA is one of our favorite examples of collaboration. In Collaboration and Co-Creation, we talk about NASA’s commitment to involving people within everything NASA, as a means of creating lasting, very emotional connections for their future. Tonight is truly an opportunity to inspire “Curiosity”!


Updated: Anyone excited to watch NASA’s Mars rover, called Curiosity, land on the surface of the red planet on Sunday night can all but rest assured that too much demand won’t kill the stream. NASA teamed with an application-testing specialist called SOASTA to ensure the world can keep watching even if demand spikes or servers fail, proving a single implementation of its application stack can handle 25 Gigabits per second of web traffic.

SOASTA tests the traffic load applications can handle by generating cloud-computing-based resources that mimic the traffic generated by potentially millions of simultaneous real-world users. The company also recently tested, the official Olympics web site that organizers predict will have to handle more than a billion visits over the course of this year’s event.

According to an e-mail explanation sent to me by NASA and SOASTA, here’s how the two groups put Curiosity’s streaming infrastructure, which…

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