Facebook Open Sources FriendFeed's Web Server, "Tornado"

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New Facebook hire David Recordon announced this morning that Facebook has open sourced a piece of technology it gained through the FriendFeed acquisition called Tornado. The software was a key piece of a web server the FriendFeed team originally developed to handle thousands of simultaneous connections without blocking (slowing down), making it ideal for real-time services.

According to Facebook Director of Products and FriendFeed co-founder Bret Taylor, some of the distinctive features of Tornado include:

  • All the basic site building blocks – Tornado comes with built-in support for a lot of the most difficult and tedious aspects of web development, including templates,


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