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Scaling Facebook Live Videos to a Billion Users

Facebook Live is a live streaming platform available to all Facebook users (1 billion daily active people) from Facebook apps as well as an API. It enables citizen journalism, makes it easy to share everyday moments with your friends and allows celebrities to interact with their fans directly. Facebook Live has seen a tremendous growth in usage since being launched to the public.

Building a successful Live streaming platform requires live streams to have low latency and high quality. Broadcasting and viewing live streams has to work on a wide variety of devices across varying network capabilities. Interactivity during live streams is a key part of the overall experience. In this talk, we will talk about why Live matters, how Facebook Live was architected for these requirements and how it is setup to be flexible in adding features like multi-person live streaming.


Sachin Kulkarni

Engineering Director @Facebook focused on Live, Videos, and Messenger

Sachin is the Director of Engineering for the infrastructure teams that build Facebook Live, Facebook Videos and Messenger. He ran the team that built the backend for Facebook Live from scratch in 3 months and scaled it to 1 billion daily active people. He oversaw the rearchitecture for the...

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