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When the Nerds go Marching In
Atlantic Magazine, by Alexis Madrigal

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Posted By:Cooling Saucer, 11/18/2012 8:29:12 PM

The Obama campaign´s technologists were tense and tired. It was game day and everything was going wrong. Josh Thayer, the lead engineer of Narwhal, had just been informed that they´d lost another one of the services powering their software. That was bad: Narwhal was the code name for the data platform that underpinned the campaign and let it track voters and volunteers. If it broke, so would everything else. They were talking with people at Amazon Web Services, but all they knew was that they had packet loss. Earlier that day, they lost their databases, their East Coast servers,

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Fascinating look at the system the Obama tech team put together for election day.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: nathan92083, 11/18/2012 8:32:35 PM     (No. 9022746)

Already posted a day or two ago.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Attercliffe, 11/18/2012 9:34:49 PM     (No. 9022813)

It was yesterday, #1:

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Reply 3 - Posted by: 4Justice, 11/18/2012 10:34:45 PM     (No. 9022872)

So, the Narwhal thrived and the Orca died... Must have been that arctic cold...

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