Facebook Inc (FB) Just Open-Sourced Its Augmented Traffic Control Tool

Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) has just announced that its Augmented Traffic Control tool is now under an open source license. As such, anyone who would want to use the software can do so by going to the tool’s GitHub page.

Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB)’s Augmented Traffic Control is a tool that developers of apps and other software can use to simulate speeds of different wireless networks such as 2G, EDGE, 3G, and 4G or LTE. The tool is useful for observing how a particular piece of code in an app or software behaves when speeds of downloads and uploads are varied.

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Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB)’s Manu Chantra and John Morrow said in the post announcing the open-sourcing of Augmented Traffic Control that though their company uses some of the most powerful wireless networks in the world, these networks do not reflect the kinds of networks people use around the world.

“[…] for a large percentage of people around the world, accessing Facebook requires connecting to a slower, less reliable wireless network. We want as many people as possible to be able to access our services at their full potential. So we need to be able to test our features on wireless connections that more accurately reflect the types of connections people on Facebook will ultimately use,” the Facebook engineers write.

Augmented Traffic Control was borne out of company hackathons inside the world’s largest social network from an idea that its developers got in January 2013. After many hours of development and jumping from recreating wireless networks from old base stations to simulated mobile network speeds on Wi-Fi, the tool was then spread throughout Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) for the different teams there to use to test their apps and software.

“We created Augmented Traffic Control with open source technology, building on the work of others. We want to give the open source community the same chance to improve on our ideas and innovate with their own — so today we are open-sourcing our design for Augmented Traffic Control on GitHub,” Chantra and Morrow write.

Karthik Sarma’s SRS Investment Management owned 5 million Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) shares by the end of the last quarter of 2014.

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