Justin.tv is the easiest way to create live video and show anyone in the world what’s happening right now. Using only a laptop, you can share your event, class, party or thoughts, live, to anyone in over 250 countries while they chat in real-time with you and with other viewers. Justin.tv makes it fun, easy and fast to gather and engage with a live audience.
Live video can help you motivate a crowd to tell their friends what’s happening, follow you on Twitter, buy a product, donate to a cause or get up out of their chairs and take action. Justin.tv is built from the ground up to support any audience, whether it’s 5 people or 50,000. One new live video starts each second, and users watch more than 300 million videos every month. Headquartered in San Francisco, Justin.tv is funded by Alsop Louie Partners, Tim Draper and Y Combinator. The Platform
- Twice – custom web caching system. (http://code.google.com/p/twicecache/)
- XFS – file system.
- HAProxy – software load balancing.
- The LVS stack and ldirectord – high availability.
- Ruby on Rails – application server
- Nginx – web server.
- PostgreSQL – database used for user and other meta data.
- MongoDB – used for their internal analytics tools.
- MemcachedDB – used for handling high write data like view counters.
- Syslog-ng – logging service.
- RabitMQ – used for job system.
- Puppet – used to build servers.
- Git – used for source code control.
- Wowza – Flash/H.264 video server, plus lots of custome modules written in Java.
- Usher – custom business logic server for playing video streams.
- S3 – small image storage.
- 4 datacenters spread through out the country.
- At any given time there’s close to 2,000 incoming streams.
- 30 hours per minute of video is added each day.
- 30 million unique visitors a month.
- Average live bandwidth is about 45 gigabits per second. Daily peak bandwidth at about 110 Gbps. Largest spike has been 500 Gbps.
- Approximately 200 video servers, based on commodity hardware, each capable of sending 1Gbps of video. Smaller than most CDNs yet larger than most video websites.
- About 100TB of archival storage is saved per week.
- The complete video path can’t have more than 250 msecs of latency before viewers start losing the ability to converse and interact in real-time.
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