Good idea...

Along with Josh I'm also one the primary NCSU developers since 2004.

My role at NCSU in regards to VCL has is a management/development role. I spend a fair amount of time working with University partners in the UNC system, NC Community College system, other Universities, and Industry partners.

Currently Josh, Andy and myself support the production VCL system at NCSU. We have close to 2000 compute nodes, this includes +200 virtual machines, 1500 IBM, Intel, and Sun blades, and 250+ standalone lab machines. Of the 1500 blades ~500 are in production use, we are starting to bring on a large donation of 1000 blades that NCSU received last year. Also NCSU's VCL service is integrated with our HPC service which has close to 1000 blades also, during off times in the academic year we shift VCL blades to HPC parallel compute cycles.

I've been at NCSU since I graduated in the spring of 1998. I started as a computer admin in the NCSU, College of Engineering. My VCL code develop focus has been on the back end processing, systems integration - mainly in perl and shell.

I'm also excited about our move to ASF for many reasons. Mainly to share the service to those interested in using it and to also build the community of developers to help move it forward. With a system like this there is always something to do... :)

On a personal note, I'm married with two boys and we enjoy many outdoor activities.


--On January 6, 2009 11:49:00 AM -0500 Josh Thompson <> wrote:

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All of the discussion in the "Re: svn commit:
r730210 - /incubator/vcl/branches/before-modularized-os/" thread about
creating community made me realize one way to start building community is
to  have a round of introductions on the list.

I've been one of the primary developers (along with Aaron Peeler) of VCL
since  its creation in 2004.  I've always been focused on the php web
frontend with  small amounts of dabbling in the backend code.  We both
worked as sysadmins  for the IT group in NCSU's College of Engineering
doing lots of different  tasks when VCL started and eventually ended up
moving to new positions to  work strictly on VCL.

I've worked at NCSU since I graduated from here in 2001.  All of my web
development has been in php.  I'm not much of a graphics designer, but
enjoy  focusing on how the internals work.  I've been in the open source
world for  many years, but haven't contributed much code to any projects
before now.   I'm excited about the move to ASF, but am a little
overwhelmed by all there  is to learn about the "ASF way".

On a personal note, I'm married with one kid and another on the way.  I'm
very  involved at my church (mainly on the tech team).  I also love

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North Carolina State University

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