[Beowulf] cluster admin employment

Jim Lux james.p.lux at jpl.nasa.gov
Fri Apr 4 09:45:32 EDT 2008


Quoting Guy Coates <gmpc at sanger.ac.uk>, on Fri 04 Apr 2008 05:59:34 AM PDT:

>
>> Does someone who has maintained a personal cluster for their graduate
>> research have any reasonable chance of landing some sort of admin
>> position?
>
> That probably describes the career progression of  99% of the people on
> this list. If you manage to become an admin by design rather than by
> accident/getting press-ganged, you are doing really well.


The folks on this list may not be representative of "cluster  
operators" as a whole.  There's probably some significant  
over-representation of academic clusters for which the cluster admin  
may be expected to participate in the "science".

If you wanted a cluster admin job in a trading firm running risk  
models, I suspect that having a PhD might not be as important.  Having  
a finance background *might* be useful, but might not.

Having a background in formal software engineering (as differing from  
Computer Science) might be valuable at some places.


>
>> Does someone who has maintained a personal cluster for their graduate
>> research have any reasonable chance of landing some sort of admin
>> position?
>
> IMHO, that would put you in the top 5% of applicants. Finding people
> who know something about systems administration *and* something about
> scientific / HPC applications is really hard; to be a good cluster
> admin,

in a academic/research  environment

> you need to know something about both.
>
> Cheers,
>
> Guy
>
>
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