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The infraNET Project, University of Waterloo presents ...

The infraNET Distinquished Speaker Seminar Series

Building and Managing Large-Scale Web Sites:
The France 98 World Cup Experience

David Yach

Vice President and Chief Architect
Sybase, Inc.

Tuesday, December 1, 1998
2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Davis Centre, Room 1302
University of Waterloo


In September, the Guinness Book of World Records recognized the official Web site of the France 98 World Cup,, as the new record holder in four Internet categories. These categories include most visited site during a specific block of time, site registering the most hits in one day (73 million on June 30, 1998), site registering the most hits in one hour and site registering the most hits in one minute. Sybase software powered the entire France98 operation, including the Web site, providing up-to-the-minute scores and tournament news to over one billion fans in approximately 170 countries throughout the month-long tournament.

David Yach will talk about the various systems that were needed, including the design process involved in creating a high-performance Web site for the world's most popular sporting event.

David Yach

David Yach is the Vice President and Chief Architect for Sybase, Inc., based in their Waterloo office. He started as a software developer for WATCOM, becoming its Vice President of Operations before the company was acquired by Sybase. Mr. Yach holds a BMath in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo and an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University.


SYBASE, INC. is one of the ten largest global independent software companies. Headquartered in California, Sybase supports extensive R & D activities at Sybase Waterloo, a global leader in software development and a major Canadian exporter of software. Sybase Waterloo is the former WATCOM International Corporation, a spin-off from the University of Waterloo. This facility employs 240 people, with 95% of its research and development team comprised of University of Waterloo graduates.

Seminar Sponsor

This seminar is sponsored by the infraNET Project, University of Waterloo. We gratefully acknowledge the assistance of the Institute for Computer Research.

For more information, contact:

Shirley Fenton
The infraNET Project
University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON
Tel: 519-888-4074 Fax: 519-746-5422