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Lev Lafayette is a doctoral candidate at the Ashworth Centre for Social Theory. He has an MBA (Technology Management) from the Chifley Business School, where he was on the Dean's List, a Graduate Certificate in Project Management from the same institution, and an honours degree from Murdoch University in Politics, Philosophy and Sociology which is commented upon by the Vice-Chancellor of the time. Many years later he completed a Graduate Certificate in Adult and Tertiary Education at the same institution.

He is a certified PRINCE2 Practioner, and an Adult and Workplace Trainer (clearly not satisfied with one masters degree, he's started another). With a interdisciplinary approach, Lev's interests include the political implementation of universal pragmatics, the relationship between communications technology and society, and comparative economic systems.

Professionally however, Lev is an experienced systems administrator, specialising in the Linux operating system and scientific applications, a project manager, systems engineer, and quality managements systems coordinator. Previous employment and clients include several years working as a computer systems trainer and database management for the Parliamentary Labor Party in Victoria. Following this he worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Timor Leste (East Timor) managing their computer network and providing training and technical expertise to that Ministry in their first year of self-governance. Dr. Ramos-Horta provided the following comments on his work.

Lev works for the Victorian Partnership for Advanced Computing as a systems administrator for Linux clusters. As per that organisation, this site is mostly dedicated to issues concerning High Performance Computing, Scientific Computing and Supercomputing. Lev is involved in Linux Users of Victoria, currently as President, but previously as Public Officer, Vice-President, Treasurer and Committee Member.

The crocodile logo was designed by Victoria Jankowski. It was first used on the cover of Neon-komputadór, the first IT training manual for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in East Timor which was printed and translated by the United Nations Development Programme. The crocodile represents the Timorese people and is the emblem of their land. The integrated circuit represents their independent connectivity to the wider world.

You can also find a political site that Lev subscribes to, The Isocracy Network, a synthesis of several progressive political orientations, and RPG Review which covers his interests in roleplaying and simulation games. As a secular humanist with an interfaith perspective, he manages and contributes to the Lightbringers website. He also has a livejoural, which will probably be quite boring to anyone who doesn't know him personally.

That's enough of me talking about myself in the third person like Cerebus The Aardvark.

Installation and Testing of OpenMPI 1.7.5 (MPI-3 compliant) with GCC, Intel, and PGI compilers

For a very long time, OpenMPI has described itself as "an open source, freely available implementation of both the MPI-1 and MPI-2 documents", which allows for parallel programming. The team has just released version 1.7.5, and they can proudly announce Open MPI is now fully MPI-3.0 compliant. This is a "feature release" will be part of the 1.8 series.

Software Quality Assurance : An Example Document

General

Software Quality Assurance integrates the entire software development process. This includes defining requirements and integration, architecture and design, coding conventions, code reuse, source code control and revision, code reviews and testing regimen.

Defining Requirements and Integration

Requirements typically definitions follow the procedures established in the Quality Management System for Project Management

Teaching Amdahl's Law and the Gustafon-Barsis Law

There should be little doubt that the future of computing is a multicore future. If nothing else, the clock speed/heat trade-off provides a fundamental hardware tendency. But as is well recognised, parallel programming is not the easiest task in the world, hence the importance of teaching core concepts. One of these is Amdahl's Law and the subsequent Gustafon-Barsis Law. The following is an attempt to explain these concepts in an accessible and allegorical manner which educators and trainers may find useful.

An Introduction to Slackware

A presentation to the Linux Users of Victoria Beginners Workshop, February 15, 2013

Cluster installation of VASP with Intel Compilers

Previous comments concerning VASP installs still largely apply.

1. It still performs ab-initio quantum-mechanical molecular dynamics (MD) using pseudopotentials and a plane wave basis set.

2. It still has an weird and frustrating license which is open source (if you pay them) but not free.

Installing NWChem in on 64-bit Linux Cluster (CentOS, OpenMPI, Infiniband)

NWChem is a suite of computational chemistry tools that are scalable both in their ability to treat large scientific computational chemistry problems efficiently, and in their use of available parallel computing resources from high-performance parallel supercomputers to conventional workstation clusters.


mkdir /usr/local/src/NWCHEM
cd /usr/local/src/NWCHEM
wget http://www.nwchem-sw.org/download.php?f=Nwchem-6.3.revision2-src.2013-10...
tar xvf Nwchem-6.3.revision2-src.2013-10-17.tar.gz

Google Talk Plugin on Slackware 14

Officially Google Hangouts doesn't support Slackware Linux, limiting support to "Ubuntu and other Debian based Linux distributions". Realistically, what one is after is the Google Video and Talk plugin, but this also isn't strictly available for Slackware. Of course Google, being a little more evil that they think they are, does not release the source code for this enviable technology. What is a poor Slacker to do?

From the Linux Australia Debate: The Experience of Women in Information Technology

On Sunday, October 27th 2013 a post was made on the Linux Australia mailing list concerning an offer the GNOME Foundation in association with several FOSS provided for a three-month internship for women, specifically "to get more women involved in FOSS". On Tuesday, a poster (perhaps inspired by Sunday's post) argued against "special programmes to address an imbalance between the sexes", suggesting that such programmes are harmful, that merit "shines through inner strength", and that sex-specific programmes should be replaced with programmes for "'incompetent women in IT,' or at least to widen eligibility to include hamsters and fish."

There was, unsurprisingly, a small storm of discussion that resulted which can be mostly be broken up into two perspectives. The first were those who agreed, more or less, with the original poster with the suggestion that any gender disparity in IT may actually simply be "just how it is", that employers are almost always gender-neutral, and that any gender-specific programmes should be abolished. The second group agreed that employment should be gender neutral, but in wasn't, and there were a variety of causes (conscious and unconscious discrimination) for the disparity that justified the existence of such programmes.

Matlab R2012b DCS Job Submission

MATLAB (registered trademark implied in this post) is a popular closed-source graphical product for matrix mathematics. Whilst I certainly prefer in most cases the extremely compatible open-source competitor Octave for all the well-founded usual reasons, MATLAB does have a small mountain of libraries and a small fortune backing it, both of which aren't quite always available to the GNU Octave people. So in some cases, based invariably on user requests, some dealings with MATLAB is sometimes required.

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