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  • BBC New Serverless Platform Improves Scalability and Performance

    One year into the transition to their new WebCore serverless platform, the BBC has started to reap the benefits of an architecture that removes the burden on engineers to solve performance and operational challenges and allows them to focus on the value they deliver to customers.

  • Designing for Failure in the BBC's Analytics Platform

    Last week at InfoQ Live, Blanca Garcia-Gil, principal systems engineer at BBC, gave a session on Evolving Analytics in the Data Platform. During this session, Garcia-Gil focused on how her team prepared and designed for two types of failure - "known unknowns" and "unknown unknowns."

  • BBC Online Uses Serverless to Scale Extremely Fast

    In a series of blog posts published recently, BBC Online's lead technical architect explains why BBC Online uses serverless and how they optimize for it. According to the author, BBC Online uses AWS Lambda for most of its core implementation due to its ability to scale extremely fast. When a breaking news story erupts, traffic can increase 3x in a single minute and then keep rising after that.

  • BBC Online Going Serverless

    In a recent article, the BBC engineering team describes the work done moving BBC Online to the cloud and to a serverless deployment. Half of the BBC’s website is now rendered serverlessly with AWS Lambda.

  • Smartphone-Based VR at a Dead-End with Google's Demise of Daydream VR

    Google's decision to stop supporting its Daydream VR headset seemingly marks the end of phone-based virtual reality, a vision that attempted to combine the use of smartphones with "dumb" VR headsets to bring VR experiences to the masses. Google's decision is accompanied by the BBC disbanding its VR content team after two years of successful experimentation.

  • BBC micro:bit Enables a Million UK Children to Start Coding

    Starting today, close to one million students in the United Kingdom will begin receiving the BBC micro:bit, a highly flexible, programmable embedded device that was created with the objective of "helping this generation to be the coders, programmers and digital pioneers of the future," according to Tony Hall, BBC's Director-General.

  • BBC MicroBit Aims to Make Computing Cool for Kids

    Yesterday the BBC unveiled the final plans for the BBC MicroBit, a system-on-a-chip-on-a-board with a 5x5 LED matrix aimed at getting children interested in programming. Announced in March 2015, the BBC MicroBit is now finalised and will be given to children in year 7 across the UK, and available for purchase towards the end of 2015. InfoQ looks at what it will provide.

  • InfoQ Presentation: Scrum at the BBC

    In this conference talk Andrew Scotland tells how BBC's New Media division, characterized by a lot of uncertainty and emergent software process, decided to use Scrum to more effectively deliver software amidst all that change and uncertainty. Three years later - the difference is significant, and the journey was worthwhile.