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Debug a live linux server
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Palantir software is deployed in a wide variety of customer environments. Our engineers face many interesting problems in the field due to non-optimal Linux server configurations. As we encounter these problems, we document them internally to help other engineers quickly debug and recover from the issues.

This challenge recreates an interesting customer issue we encountered, and gives you some insight into the day-to-day tasks for our Server Side Quality Engineers.


After you request and receive credentials to a server, log on and read the instructions. The server setup mimics a customer performance issue. Investigate and debug the server to find the root cause.

When you have found and fixed the problem, submit a report that includes:

1) How you found the problem and its root cause

2) Evidence that your solution permanently solves the issue.

Note: Allow 24 hours for Palantir to deploy your personal server!

    Submissions will be graded on the following criteria:
  • Meets Deliverables
  • Creativity
  • Clarity
Reward Tiers
3 Winners
will receive $150 each
3 Honorable Mentions
will receive $30 each
$150.00 David Miller University of Texas at Arlington
$150.00 Matthew Blue Contra Costa Community College District
$150.00 Matt Moser Missouri State University
$30.00 Chase Wagoner University of Southern California
$30.00 Justin Kat McGill University
$30.00 Puneet Lall University of Virginia
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