IBM To Serve Center Court View At U.S. Open

Aug 31, 2005 (10:08 AM EDT)

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IBM will use breakthrough technology to give viewers a center court perspective on the U.S. Open Tennis Championships in New York City.

The Armonk, N.Y.-based company will use Point Tracker exclusively on the official tournament site On-court cameras will capture and record ball position data for every shot. The information will feed into the IBM On Demand Scoreboard. Viewers will be able to see animated graphics that recreate the trajectory of each shot.

IBM has been working with the United States Tennis Association since 1995 to give fans a "virtual seat" at the tournament. During last year's tournament, 2.8 million fans visited the website, according to a release issued by IBM Tuesday.

IBM announced that its POWER5-based eServer pSeries system has replaced Web and application servers. The resulting automated infrastructure can sense and respond to changes in the environment, allowing up-to-date information even as demand peaks. A "virtualized" server environment at a hosting location will manage Web traffic.

The pSeries p5 systems will support polling, feedback and player searches. Micro Partitioning, Virtual I/O Server and Partition Load Manager consolidate AIX 5L and Linux operating environments onto secure machines. That saves floor space while increasing flexibility and reducing costs.