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Facebook Releases Real-time Web Server Tech as Open Source

Sep 11, 2009, 14:21 (0 Talkback[s])


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"The Web server framework that Facebook will offer as open source is called Tornado, was written in the Python language and is designed for quickly processing thousands of simultaneous connections, the company said Thursday.

"'Tornado is a core piece of infrastructure that powers FriendFeed's real-time functionality, which we plan to actively maintain. While Tornado is similar to existing Web-frameworks in Python ... it focuses on speed and handling large amounts of simultaneous traffic,' wrote David Recordon, Facebook's open programs manager, in the Facebook Developer blog.

"'We believe in releasing generically useful infrastructure components as open source as a way to increase innovation across the Web,' he added."

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