[code.facebook.com] How production engineers support global events on Facebook

March 12, 2018

People around the world come to Facebook to celebrate and share experiences during special events, such as the Olympics or New Year’s Eve. These types of global occurrences can cause spikes in the load and traffic patterns on Facebook’s systems, especially with high-bandwidth content like Facebook Live videos. The Production Engineering team at Facebook carefully plans and builds infrastructure to ensure service uptime and reliability even through such spikes.

Facebook’s infrastructure is set up to accommodate different types of traffic patterns based on typical usage or special events.

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To illustrate how we handle these kinds of planned special events, let’s look at how the Production Engineering team has prepared the live video streaming infrastructure for New Year’s Eve.

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