May 15, 2013
The PSFC's Ted Baker, Darin Ernst, and John Wright have received Infinite Mile Awards from the Offices of the Provost and the Vice President for Research, and the Dean of Graduate Education.
The Infinite Mile Award recognizes those individuals who have made extraordinary contributions within their own organizations to help ensure that the Institute carries out its mission, i.e., to advance knowledge and educate students in science, technology and other areas of scholarship that will best serve the nation and the world in the 21st century. A testimonial to their hard work, taken from the Infinite Mile Awards website, sums up the recent contributions of "Team Loki."
"The team of Ted Baker (Systems Analyst), Darin Ernst (Research Scientist) and John Wright (Research Scientist) was nominated for their tireless contributions to the design, acquisition, assembly, and maintenance of the 600 core Loki computing cluster at the Plasma Science and Fusion Center. Ted, John, and Darin worked together to come up with an extensible, state-of-the-art design that has proven to be highly reliable and attractive to users. The team has devoted endless hours and days preparing documentation on the cluster, upgrading software, and helping students and research staff to interpret results of gyro-kinetic codes, magneto-hydrodynamic codes, and electromagnetic field solvers in the complex parallel computing environment of Loki.