Engels started playing with Linux® in 1991 and obtained his Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE), Red Hat Certified Instructor (RHCI), and Red Hat Certified Examiner (RHCX) certifications in 2002. He is in charge of Bluepoint's Total Linux®, Linux Kernel Internals®, Perl & Python Programming, and Extreme PHP curriculum and instruction development.
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Elvin Joseph Sanico was one of the best professors I was privileged to have at the UP National Institute of Physics in Diliman. His use of the continuity equation for steady one-dimensional flow to prove the "silent waters run deep" axiom was really cool!
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KGPU - Augmenting Linux With GPUs
Wednesday, May 25, 2011, 12:35 AMPsylocke designed a GPU computer with almost 200 effective cores for her ECE 12 (Computer-Aided Design) subject a few days ago. Her teacher thinks it's impossible to build such a machine.
For the record, we have an actual unit at home.
ASUS, Dell, and Microway (among others) have been offering similar products abroad for a while now.
Aside from the usual GPGPU applications (Psylocke used TeraChem), we also explored KGPU:
"KGPU is a GPU computing framework for the Linux kernel. It allows Linux kernel to call CUDA programs running on GPUs directly. The motivation is to augment operating systems with GPUs so that not only userspace applications but also the operating system itself can benefit from GPU acceleration. It can also free the CPU from some computation intensive work by enabling the GPU as an extra computing device.
Modern GPUs can be used for more than just graphics processing; they can run general-purpose programs as well. While not well-suited to all types of programs, they excel on code that can make use of their high degree of parallelism. Most uses of so-called "General Purpose GPU" computation have been outside the realm of systems software. However, recent work on software routers and encrypted network connections has given examples of how GPGPUs can be applied to tasks more traditionally within the realm of operating systems. These uses are only scratching the surface. Other examples of system-level tasks that can take advantage of GPUs include general cryptography, pattern matching, program analysis, and acceleration of basic commonly-used algorithms."
Really cool stuff! Visit github.com/wbsun/kgpu for more information and a white paper on KGPU.
And oh yes, impossible is nothing.
Saturday, Jan 16, 2010, 3:11 PM
Psylocke passed the Ateneo College Entrance Test! She has been awarded a 100% tuition and fees scholarship for BS Chemistry with Materials Science and Engineering (BS CH-MSE) at the Ateneo de Manila University in Loyola, Quezon City. Congratulations Psy!
Sunday, Nov 15, 2009, 7:10 AMPsylocke is taking the Department of Science and Technology - Science Education Institute Scholarship exam at the Jose Rizal University in Mandaluyong today. Good luck Psy!
Sunday, Sep 20, 2009, 5:00 AMPsylocke will take the Ateneo College Entrance Test today. Kayang kaya mo yan Psy!
Saturday, Aug 1, 2009, 5:00 AMPsylocke will take the University of the Philippines College Admission Test at the UP Law Center in Diliman from 6:30 AM to 12:30 AM today. Kaya mo yan Psy!
Friday, May 2, 2008, 9:51 PMIt's Psylocke's 14th birthday! Happy Birthday Psy!
Wednesday, May 2, 2007, 9:30 PM
We celebrated Psylocke's 13th birthday today with an ultimate dinner buffet at Saisaki, Dad's, and Kamayan. How time flies. My eldest daughter is now a teenager!
Monday, Dec 11, 2006, 7:00 PMPsylocke and her bandmates aced today's auditions for their school's upcoming bandfest, even though their lead vocalist was absent.
Green Streak!! will square off with 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year high school bands on December 15 as the lone representative of the freshmen. Congratulations!
Tuesday, May 16, 2006, 8:26 PMWe enrolled Psylocke at Holy Family School today. She is officially a high school freshman! As the Valedictorian of HFS Elem 2006, she gets a 100% tuition scholarship!
Psylocke's 12th Birthday
Tuesday, May 2, 2006, 9:30 PM
We celebrated Psylocke's 12th birthday today with a simple get-together at Kenny Rogers in Katipunan.
Psylocke's Surprise Party
Thursday, Mar 30, 2006, 7:45 PM
After her commencement exercises at HFS, we took Psylocke to KKK West Avenue for a surprise graduation party!
First Honors Address
Thursday, Mar 30, 2006, 7:30 PMPsylocke delivered this from memory after receiving the First Honors (Valedictorian) award:
To our beloved SSJ sisters, our ever supportive directress, Mrs. Nela Wei, our dear principal, Mrs. Milagros Madriaga, energetic coordinators, HFS faculty and staff, parents, and fellow graduates, a wonderful morning!
As I made my way up this stage, I felt the atmosphere of jubilation in everyone present here today. And rightly so, for after six long years of hard work, friendship, joy, and laughter, we are now finally prepared to take a leap into the next stage of our school life - high school. The time has come for us to reap the fruits of our labor and enjoy our success in finishing our elementary years.
Behind this success are special people whom we would like to thank for their unfailing support. To our dear parents who have worked so hard in order to give us a good education. You have been with us through our joys and our tears, we are very thankful to have you as our guide and strength. Thank you for your care, thank you for your love. We offer this day to you. To the SSJ sisters, who tirelessly and lovingly exerted effort in inetgrating the core values in our lives, to the HFS administrators, faculty, and staff, who have guided us not only in our academic education, but in living out the Familian ideals. Thank you very much. We will forever treasure our time with you here.
Despite trying times and economic difficulties, we have remained strong and, dare I say, productive members of our country, largely because of the foundations laid within us by this institution. For this, we thank the Holy Family School community. Words are not enough to show our gratitude for all the help and guidance this school has poured out on us graduates. We are truly grateful that HFS has been a dear part of our lives. Neither time nor distance can ever take away that Familian spirit now in our hearts. Rest assured that we will continuously wave the Familian ideals wherever we may go.
Once again, thank you to everyone present here today. To my fellow graduates, congratulations to all of us!
Thursday, Mar 30, 2006, 7:00 PM
Psylocke graduated from grade school today with the following awards:
Best in English
Best in Filipino
Best in Sibika
Best in Computer
Best in EPP
First Honors (Valedictorian)
And to think she's one of the youngest students in her batch. Talk about running with horses.
Friday, Mar 17, 2006, 7:00 PMJust received the good news: Psylocke is the Valedictorian of HFS Elem 2006!
Saturday, Sep 17, 2005, 11:30 PMWe picked up Psylocke's report card today. She's the overall top 1 for the entire grade six level! Amazing, especially since she's still adapting to her new role as big sister to Phoenix. Congratulations Psy!
Tuesday, Jul 19, 2005, 6:45 PMI received a special birthday gift today! Psylocke composed the following poem and presented it to me in a hand-made greeting card, together with a copy of W.I.T.C.H. issue #36
by Psylocke Antonio
"I asked the Lord for...
Energy for each day's toiling,
New life for me to be loving,
Guidance in my actions,
Enthusiasm in helping nations,
Love for my whole family,
Serenity and time to pray faithfully.
Then He gave you to me!"
Happy Birthday! Thank you for always being there for us.
Friday, Jun 24, 2005, 10:00 PMPsylocke was appointed as Junior Familian Editor-in-Chief today
Thursday, Jun 16, 2005, 8:00 PMPsylocke was elected president of the Holy Family School Young Writers Club today!
Monday, May 2, 2005, 8:30 PMWe celebrated Psylocke's 11th birthday on the road as we drove back from Bicol to Manila. After a 2:00 AM to 7:00 AM drive, we stopped for lunch at a small hut by the road somewhere in Del Gallego, Camarines Sur. The group shared a simple meal of fried squid, steamed shrimp, and calamares after singing the "Happy Birthday" song. Happy Birthday Psy!
Friday, Apr 1, 2005, 8:35 PMWe picked up Psylocke's report card at HFS today. She's the overall top 1 for the entire grade 5 level! Congratulations Psy
Sunday, Dec 19, 2004, 3:10 PMPsylocke led me to a nice bio of her namesake.
Real Name: Elisabeth Braddock
Aliases: Captain Britain II, Lady Mandarin
Occupation: (current) Adventurer, (former) Fashion model, operative for S.T.R.I.K.E. Psi Division, (as Lady Mandarin) Assassin
Legal Status: Subject of the United Kingdom with no criminal record
Place of Birth: Braddock Manor, England
Marital Status: Single
Known Relatives: James Braddock, Sr. (father, deceased), Elizabeth Braddock (mother, deceased), Brian Braddock (Captain Britain, brother), James "Jamie" Braddock, Jr. (brother)
Base of Operations: The Xavier Institute, Salem Center, Westchester County, New York State, (former) Braddock Manor, England; X-Men headquarters, Australian outback
Group Affiliation: X-Men, (former) S.T.R.I.K.E. Psi Division (British division of S.H.I.E.L.D.)
First Appearance: (U. K.) CAPTAIN BRITAIN (Vol. 1) #8, (U. S.) NEW MUTANTS ANNUAL #2
History: Elisabeth "Betsy" Braddock is the daughter of Dr. James Braddock, who was once a denizen of Otherworld, an other-dimensional realm. A being who called himself Merlin (but who may not actually be the wizard of Arthurian legend) sent Braddock to Earth to father the champion who would be known as Captain Britain.
Living in England, Dr. Braddock became one of the United Kingdom's leading research scientists. He married a woman named Elizabeth and they bought the mansion they renamed Braddock Manor. There Dr. Braddock created a highly advanced computer complex called Mastermind (which is not to be confused with the two mutants of the same name).
Dr. and Mrs. Braddock's three children, the eldest, Jamie, and the twins, Brian and Elisabeth (nicknamed "Betsy"), inherited genes from their father that endowed them with superhuman powers. The children's powers, however, remained latent for many years.
Dr. and Mrs. Braddock were killed in an explosion in Dr. Braddock's laboratory at Braddock Manor that was caused by the malfunctioning computer Mastermind.
Brian Braddock eventually became the costumed champion known as Captain Britain. Betsy developed the psychic ability which she used in the service of S.T.R.I.K.E., a British division of the international law enforcement agency S.H.I.E.L.D. Betsy also developed a highly successful career as a fashion model. She knew of Brian's double identity, and the two siblings took up residence in Braddock Manor.
Members of a British government agency called R.C.X., knowing that Brian Braddock was Captain Britain, attempted to recruit him to work with them. Refusing to be exploited by the government, Brian Braddock gave up the role of Captain Britain. The R.C.X. agents then persuaded Betsy to become the new Captain Britain, working with them. Betsy used a costume taken from an otherdimensional counterpart of Brian, which magnified her strength to superhuman levels when she wore it and enabled her to fly. Another other-dimensional hero, Captain UK, trained Betsy to become a crimefighter, and the two acted as partners on missions together for many weeks.
Finally, Betsy launched her solo career as the new Captain Britain, which came to a quick end when she went into battle against two of the original Captain Britain's arch foes, the Vixen and Slaymaster. Wearing a battle suit that amplified his own strength, Slaymaster savagely beat Betsy nearly to death and blinded her. Sensing her telepathic cries of agony, Brian Braddock rushed to his sister's rescue and fought and killed Slaymaster. Realizing he could not forsake his responsibilities, Brian resumed his role as Captain Britain.
Betsy went to Switzerland to recuperate. While there she was taken prisoner by the other-dimensional creature known as Mojo. Mojo took control of Betsy and gave her new, artificial eyes, thereby restoring her sight. Betsy was rescued through the intervention of the New Mutants, a team of adolescent mutants. Having regained her free will, Betsy chose to remain at the New Mutants' home, Professor Charles Xavier's mansion in Westchester County, New York, which also served as the secret headquarters of the mutant adventurers called the X-Men.
Betsy proved her courage to the X-Men by resisting the attack of their enemy Sabretooth when he broke into the mansion. As a result she was accepted into the ranks of the X-Men, becoming a costumed adventurer once more under the code name Psylocke.
Later, Psylocke was captured by the crime lord Matsu'o Tsurayaba. Seeking to save the life of his lover, the female assassin Kwannon, Tsurayaba oversaw a process through which the minds of Kwannon and the X-Man Psylocke switched bodies. In the process Kwannon's mind melded with that of Psylocke, endowing each of them with the same memories and telepathic abilities. Tsurayaba brainwashed Psylocke and turned her over to one of Earth's most dangerous men, the Mandarin. Under the name of Lady Mandarin, Psylocke briefly served the Mandarin, but ultimately Psylocke regained her free will and returned to the X-Men.
Later Kwannon, in Psylocke's body, became an ally of the X-Men, calling herself Revanche. For a time there was confusion among the X-Men as to who was the "real" Betsy Braddock. Finally, Revanche learned that she was dying from the Legacy Virus and had Tsurayaba kill her. Thus Betsy's original body died, but she lived on as Psylocke in Kwannon's original body.
Recently, Psylocke and her fellow X-Man, Angel, have fallen in love with each other. Psylocke was nearly killed by Sabretooth, but was healed by magical forces from a mystical dimension called the Crimson Dawn. However, Kuragari, a sinister being who had conquered the Crimson Dawn, attempted to corrupt Psylocke's personality through a mystical ring. Kuragari planned to make Psylocke his queen and through her father a genetically powerful bloodline. However, together Angel and Psylocke thwarted Kuragari, and Psylocke's mind is now free of Kuragari's influence.
A life-saving encounter with the other-dimensional energy source called the Crimson Dawn resulted in a more subtle, though no less meaningful, metamorphosis. Psylocke's fighting skills and telepathic talents were enhanced, and she acquired the ability to transport herself and others through shadows, as well as become one with the shadows. Also, the mark of the Crimson Dawn, a blade-like, red tattoo, appeared over her left eye. Betsy later sacrificed her psychic powers to forever imprison the telepathic criminal called the Shadow King in her astral shadow form, but subsequently acquired a range of telekinetic abilities.
Soon after, Betsy left Xavier's mansion with a small strike force of fellow X-Men in search of the diaries of the blind mutant seer known as Destiny, which map out human history for the next thousand years. While in Valencia, Spain, the team was captured by the Action Force of the Guardia Civil, that country's national police. Subjected to a battery of tests, the X-Men were released into a technologically fortified maze to gauge the their fighting abilities and mutant powers. Psylocke, the blue-furred Beast and the ability-absorbing Rogue found them selves in the headquarters' control center, separated from their teammates. There, they encountered Vargas, a criminal claiming to be the first manifestation of the next authentic generation of humanity, the pure and legitimate Homo sapiens superior. Her teammates wounded, Betsy engaged her opponent in a duel to the death, which ended when Vargas speared his sword through her abdomen. Psylocke's sudden demise left her teammates, and her lover, Thunderbird III, to balance the scales and complete the quest for Destiny's missing diaries.
Height: (both bodies) 5 ft. 11 in.
Weight: (both bodies) 155 lbs.
Eyes: (original body) Violet, (current body) Blue
Hair: (original body) Blonde, (current body) Black (dyed purple)
Other Distinguishing Features: Red tattoo over her left eye
Strength Level: Psylocke possesses the normal human strength of a woman of her age, height, and build who engages in intensive regular exercise.
Known Superhuman Powers: Psylocke possesses many telepathic abilities, enabling her to read minds, communicate mentally with others over long distances, stun the minds of others with "mental bolts," control the minds of others, and create illusions in the minds of others. Psylocke can intensely focus her psionic powers into her "psychic knife," with which she can stun or kill an adversary.
Other Abilities: Psylocke is highly skilled in Far Eastern martial arts.
Saturday, Dec 18, 2004, 4:00 PMPsylocke is the overall top 1 in the grade 5 level again!
Saturday, Oct 23, 2004, 4:00 PMThe results of the October 19 essay writing contest that Psylocke participated in is out. Psylocke bagged the gold with her "A Generous Heart Communicates Love in Words and in Action" masterpiece!
Tuesday, Oct 19, 2004, 6:11 PMPsylocke won first place in the HFS Filipino Quiz Bee today!
Friday, Oct 15, 2004, 6:30 PMI attended Psylocke's Parent-Teacher Conference today. Her adviser told me that Psylocke was the top 1 student in the star section and the overall top 1 in the entire grade 5 level! Psylocke never fails to amaze me
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