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David Palma


A highly motivated Linux systems administrator looking for an entry to mid-level position, working on challenging problems designing, implementing, and automating infrastructure.


  • 2013-present DevOps Engineer, Sympoz/Craftsy
  • 2012-2013 Linux Systems Administrator, Louisiana Tech University
    • Linux sysadmin for a heterogeneous HPC cluster (25 nodes) and 20 researcher workstations
    • Developing automation for deploying and maintaining HPC and local resources
    • Established issue tracking and HPC wiki for users and administrators
    • Training 3 junior admins in Linux administration and user support
    • Maintaining scientific software repository for researchers
    • Writing code, scripts, and documentation to support researchers
    • Maintaining 40TB Hadoop storage (10 nodes)
  • 2011-2013 Graduate Research Assistant, Louisiana Tech University
    • Parallel computing applications for the ATLAS Experiment (CERN)
  • 2010-2012 Assistant Systems Administrator, Louisiana Tech University
    • Assisted in the assembly and configuration of a 20-node Dell HPC cluster (960 cores), including:
      • racking, cabling,
      • network switch configuration,
      • setting up RAID storage,
      • provisioning with automatic network installs (PXE/kickstart),
      • and automated configuration (Puppet)
    • Supported a group of 20-30 researchers on local and cluster resources:
      • Maintained a software repository of 15-20 scientific applications
      • Debugged scientific code and resolved software issues
      • Gave technical presentations and wrote documentation for using local and cluster resources
  • 2008-2011 RSO Assistant (Nuclear Center), Nuclear Center
    • Ensured the nuclear center’s compliance with regulations for annual DEQ inspections by performing scheduled measurements of radioactive materials shipping survey meters for regular calibration
    • Created wiki documentation of inventory, radioactive material records, policies, and procedures (digitized 60-70 documents)



  • Bash and Ruby for sysadmin tasks and scripts
  • C, CUDA, and Python for scientific computing
  • Development Tools: Vim, git, tmux, and make
  • Personal experience with Ruby and AWS for projects

System Administration

  • Linux administration (CentOS, Debian)
  • Dell rack and blade servers
  • System provisioning with PXE, Cobbler, and kickstart
  • Configuration management with Puppet
  • Virtualization with Linux KVM
  • HPC cluster resource management with PBS Torque/Maui

Other Skills and Interests

  • Machine Learning, Data Mining, and Distributed Computing
  • Project management on technical projects


  • 2011-2013 M.S. Computer Science, Louisiana Tech University, Cum. GPA: 3.5
  • 2006-2011 B.S. Physics, Louisiana Tech University, Maj. GPA: 3.0
    • Graduated with minors in Computer Science and Mathematics


References available upon request

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