I work on large distributed computing systems: building them, running them, sometimes breaking them, and fixing what's broken.
When not on computers, I also curl, play tabletop games, read a lot of history and science fiction, and am a fan of my wife's roller derby team. Before I got into computing, I used to do scientific research in physics and materials science, and I still try to keep up with those fields somewhat.
around the web
greatest hits from the blog
- "Some Notes on the HPC Cluster Software Stack", in which I cover a variety of HPC cluster components in detail, and Express Opinions
- "Building Tiny Compute Clusters for Fun and Learning", in which I describe a Raspberry Pi cluster
- "Notes on Building and Packaging Environment Modules With EasyBuild and FPM", which describes one way to build and package scientific apps and dev tools
"ajdecon" is the first unix login name I was ever assigned, in a neat little "learn about Linux" online class I took in high school. Admittedly the naming scheme is a little odd: first initial, middle initial, and first five characters in last name is not something you see often. But it stuck, and at this point it's the moniker I'm most comfortable with online. Plus no one else seems to be using it! So I'll choose it whenever I have the option.