The WFU DEAC Cluster is centrally supported and maintained by two full time
system administrators. Professional development for our staff is ongoing
through annual training allocations from the Information Systems department.
Timothy E. Miller, PhD:
Joining Wake Forest University in July 2002,
Dr. Miller has been running and designing Linux Beowulf clusters since 1998.
His first objective at WFU was to design and build a new centralized Linux
cluster and assist users in the transition from Power-based technologies
(today's current IBM pSeries platforms) to Intel-based processors. In
addition to that role, Dr. Miller has taught several courses in the Computer
Science department related to parallel computing and scripting languages.
Damian Valles, PhD:
Dr. Miller obtained his Ph.D in Physics from Vanderbilt University in May 2002,
with a dissertation in experimental high energy nuclear physics. He has adjunct
assistant faculty status in the Computer Science and Physics department. He
also holds technical certifications from Red Hat (RHCA) and Cisco (CCNA) and
currently is the Research Computing Architect in the Information Systems
Dr. Valles joined Wake Forest University in January 2014. He was a system administrator
for the Electrical and Computer Engineering department as a PhD student for
the Linux and cluster team at University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). After
graduation, Dr. Valles had a post-doc position at Montana Tech as HPC Application
Scientist with the Computer Science department. Dr. Valles obtained his PhD in Electrical
and Computer Engineering from UTEP in 2011. Master's in Science in Computer Engineering
in 2004, and B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 2002.
Dr. Valles role is to support DEAC cluster users, maintaining system services, provide
help in application implementation, troubleshoot incidents in system & hardware.
Provide support to faculty and students in implementing new innovating ideas and research
for distributed and parallel environment.
Mr. Carlson joined Wake Forest University in April 2014. As the newest HPC support
member, his primary role will be to provide system administration support for the WFU
DEAC Cluster. He will contribute to scripting development, service automation and
deployment, as well as integrating new cluster hardware.
Mr. Carlson obtained his Bachelor's Degree in Computer Engineering from the University
of North Carolina at Charlotte in May 2006, with a minor in Mathematics. After
graduating, he spent ~8 years supporting America's Military at the Joint Warfare
Analysis Center where he served as a Storage Administrator, IT Technical Chair, and
Linux Team Lead. He has also obtained certifications from Red Hat, Cisco and Puppet