Sunday, October 14, 2012

Beautiful skies of Amman

(This post was written a few years back, do not know why it is popping here)

How dare you blame me for being immensely indulged and madly in love with weather after you see the picture shown . This is how the skies of Amman looked like yesterday afternoon (this picture was taken by Issa, right above English school)

And if you look to the picture below, you will understand more. See the feeling is mutual. it is not a one-sided kind of relationship:)

Anyway, In the last 48Hrs, the Eastern Med witnessed the first real intense weather system that dumped a staggering 70 mm of rain in western areas of jordan. By the way, the real rain in Amman started at 9 PM night on Tuesday, exactly when people casted their last ballots and election centers where announced closed.

Taking about elections in Jordan, our company PALCO was in charge for the computer software infrastructure. The difficulty lies in the criticality and the size, where in one day, no errors are allowed , no power failure are allowed, no software glitches are allowed, and you need to have 4000 users simultaneously logged in hitting the database at a rate of around 50 transactions per second from all over Jordan. We had to maintain and support data entry through web interfaced accessed from around 1200 schools all around Jordan.

Two database in RAC configuration were taking the load, each server with 8 CPUs.
Around 8 application Server with Apache (the guy with the feather) installed served as HTTP server.

It was a record breaking stressful month with stress intensifying as the election date was approaching to finally reach a paramount on the day of election. The team had to be available for round the clock.

Anyway, it was real, it was fun , but it was NOT a real fun. The important things is that it ended in a way we hoped it would and we learned a lot. This is not the first time we support election software infrastructure, the first time was back in 1997.

And today, which is my favorite Thursday, we ended the week and the day at champions Latino night-Marriott.

Well i am preparing myself for one heck of a day! next Sunday in Damscus. The project delivery day!!!!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

cVERY sweet article

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