An unexpected surge in visitors to a website, which is typically because of some newsworthy event that just took place. It may also be due to the announcement of a new service or free software download.
In addition to traditional load-balancing duties, AFEs typically offer such features as TCP termination, offload/multiplexing, SSL acceleration, compression and protection from malicious distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, as well as protection against the performance degradation caused by flash crowd events.
Whether it's a flash crowd, a viewer's internet connection, a CDN outage, a problematic video player bug or an encoder that needs a reboot, Event Control Live provides customers the ability to anticipate and isolate the problem instantaneously while moving viewers to alternative streams to avoid an interruption in their experience.
Our high-performance application delivery controllers can play an important role in the optimization process by improving site response times, protecting from flash crowd events, and otherwise ensuring the best end user experience through a proprietary hardware architecture built specifically to maintain speed and reliability even under the most challenging load conditions.
This was after he spent 3 years at MIT, where he was working on technology designed to ease congestion on the internet and improve website performance when downloading and when flash crowds occur, which is when an overwhelming number of users try to visit a website simultaneously.