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7/11/11 LUNS proves to have the X-Factor to assist radical twitter project!

When a university research group needed a high bandwidth hosting environment at short notice for their research project into Twitter usage they came straight to LUNS. The Mobile Radicals are a group of researchers based in the School of Computing & Communications at Lancaster University. They have been carrying out research into the use of Twitter as a form of interaction with the highly popular X-Factor TV show. The latest project involves analysing thousands of tweets per second which clearly requires robust hosting infrastructure.

Having carried out analysis of tweets  relating to the UK X-Factor show in 2010, Mark Lochrie of the group tells us they are now looking to further the research globally to look for international variations in usage. This requires analysing a significantly higher amount of data: at peak times the estimated tweets per second related to the US show is an incredible 3,000. In order to achieve the results they are seeking the group needed a more robust hosting infrastructure with greater bandwidth and lower latency. LUNS were able to respond quickly when the request came in last week and now it’s full steam ahead for the project, Mark tells us ‘we are looking forward to achieving greater results by utilising the infrastructure in place at LUNS.’

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