On the Ibuildings techPortal today there's a new post by Sam de Freyssinet about a slight modification to a well-known pattern (MVC) by adding some scalability - the Hierarchical-Model-View-Controller pattern.
It can also be very costly in time and resources to re-architect software that not scaled well. Ideally applications should grow organically as required and without large sums of money being exchanged in the process. [...] The Hierarchical-Model-View-Controller (HMVC) pattern is a direct extension to the MVC pattern that manages to solve many of the scalability issues already mentioned [in this post].
He talks about the benefits of the HMVC style and how its multiple parts work together and how it promotes code reuse more than the traditional MVC pattern. Some sample code is included so you can get your hands dirty with more than just the concepts behind the pattern including a more real-world example, their service (Gazouillement) that works similarly to twitter.