Following are my notes from the “Journalism and the New Media Ecology: Who will pay the messengers?” conference hosted by Yale Law School and the Yale Information Society Project.
The key to performance for high-traffic websites is caching. Facebook is famous for being a prolific memcached user, with 28 terabytes of memcached servers as of December 2008. Part of why the Yale Daily News was able to survive massive traffic spikes during the Annie Le coverage was our judicious use of caching. Read on to learn more about the caching strategies employed by the Courant News platform.