Glen Otero, Ph.D.

Glen Otero received his Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from UCLA in 1995 and immediately escaped to the more temperate climes and better surf in San Diego. After some research on the molecular and cellular biology of HIV and Herpes viruses at the Salk Institute for Biological Sciences, Glen left the wet lab research bench in 1999. Although leaving the research bench, he didn't leave science altogether; traveling all the way across the street to the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) for a stint at the Protein Data Bank. It was while at SDSC that Glen had his Linux clusters and bioinformatics epiphany. Soon after that illuminating event, Glen struck out on his own and founded Linux Prophet (, a bioinformatics consultancy specializing in the implementation, design, and deployment of Linux Beowulf clusters in the life sciences.

Glen has been a contributor to Linux Journal since 2000, and Linux Prophet was featured in the March 2001 issue of that periodical. Glen has recently established a monthly Beowulf clusters column in Linux Journal and is currently working on a Beowulf clusters and bioinformatics book for O'Reilly.

Glen's talk on June 12th will cover Beowulf clustering concepts, the impact Beowulf clusters have had on the high performance computing community, Beowulf software evolution, how to build your own Beowulf cluster, and eventually culminate in his explanation of the Commodity Computing Commandments.

Glen's talk will be followed by a hands-on Beowulf cluster-building tutorial on June 15th. Everyone is invited to bring a computer to be integrated into the cluster as a compute node. Potential compute nodes need to have a 6 GB hard drive, x86-based CPU, 16 MB of RAM, either a floppy or CD-ROM drive, and an Ethernet NIC. It's important that the node's hardware is supported by Red Hat Linux, so please check out Red Hat's hardware compatibility list ( to see if your computer hardware is supported. No OS is required on the hard drive, as we will do a complete Linux installation onto the disk. This means that all your data will be removed! You have been warned. If your computer only has a floppy drive in addition to the hard drive, please bring a floppy that we can copy a boot image to. Otherwise, your computer should have a CD-ROM drive for the installation. After building the cluster, we'll run a few benchmarks and applications on it. All Beowulf clustering software used to build the cluster can be taken home by the participants (BSD license!). 

Hope to see you there!

Glen Otero, Ph.D.
Linux Prophet
"The Beowulf is primarily a mental phenomenon"








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