Vlad Ellis

About Me
I'm currently a student at the University of Bristol studying Computer Science and Electronics (MEng)

I'm in my third year with one more to go
(Graduate June 2019)
Professional experience in a wide range of subjects:

Low-Level System Security, Server Networking, Game AI Logic, B2C Demo Software, Game/Video Dynamic Graphics
I keep myself busy with lots of personal projects:

programming projects, websites, electronics experiments, YouTube videos, streaming dev on Twitch, etc.

Find me almost anywhere online under the alias "ellisvlad"
(a.k.a. Ellis)
Current interests:

Security, Game Development, Distributed Computation, Networking, Latency Pedantic Video Transoding, Low-Level Data Interaction
Lots of experience with kernels, threads, networking, graphical programming, etc. on Microcontrollers, Desktops, Servers... even the Nintendo DS and Wii!
A decade of experience on making games using OpenGL, high performance servers and cloud systems, game plugins and mods, screen capture and streaming tools, etc.

Professional experience working with both Intel and Masm syntax of x86 and Armv8-A and Thumb instruction sets on Arm devices

A good understanding of proper web developer practices for many common frameworks and libraries
Too many other languages to list them all. To name a few...

PHP, GML, SQL, Python, Pascal, Actionscript 2.0/3.0, Swift, Objective C++, C#, Haskell, etc etc.
Formal Education
  • Mathematics - A
  • Further Maths - A
  • Computing - A
  • Physics - B
  • Advanced Computing - A
  • Mathematics - A
  • Physics - B
  • English Literature - A*
  • English Language - A
  • Mathematics - A
  • Electronics - A
  • Physics - A
  • Drama - A
  • Diploma in Digital Applications - Merit
  • European/International Computer Driving Licence - Pass
Mineplex Aug 2018 - Present As a DevOps contractor, my role entails the development and maintainance of internal systems for tracking service availability and finding software and hardware issues across a server network with hundreds of physical nodes. The system provides metrics and analytics in a visual way. This helps highlight any unusual activity and displays what software, hardware or configuration update was responsible for the change in activity. CubeCraft Games Bedrock Edition July 2017 - Aug 2018 Developed a solution for CubeCraft integration and support of the Minecraft: Bedrock Edition platform. Lead design, implementation and maintainance of the project through to release in May 2018, and I am continuing as lead developer of the project to present day. Digital Tree Media Feb 2017 - Aug 2018 Started as a privately contracted DevOps Engineer; working on virtualisation/containerisation. Pivoted to work on Minecraft game-client modifications for events working with Windows Server and network zero-touch deployments of custom Windows 10 images for several "Insomnia Festival" expos in Ireland, Glasgow and Manchester. Worked on "CubePass" RFID wristband integration into the Minecraft game client. Electron 2015 - present My main hobby project at the moment is preparing Minecraft compatible server software that can perform large-scale world modifications and give easy region/world exporting and importing to a variety of different formats. Arm Jun 2017 - Aug 2017 Prepared a secure software solution for Cortex-M devices to manage assets using vendor-provisioned access control tables. Noxcrew 2013 - 2016 As their first developer, I was given a lot of operational freedom, I mainly worked on festival and event game-client deployment systems and dynamic graphical interfaces for consumers to experience the "Minecraft Gameshow" servers. I prepared and maintained the infrastructure for Noxcrew Gameshow Live, a Twitch/YouTube series of production quality Minecraft Minigames. Was an exhibitor and technical lead at festivals and events including many "Insomnia" Gaming Festivals and "Minecon 2015", where I maintained booths of 30+ computers and prepared game-status aware interfaces that generated dynamic graphics to be shown for stage performances. Arm Jul 2016 - Sept 2016 Implemented a DRM solution for mobile devices with integration of Arm's TrustZone Technology and proposed examples along with applicable modifications for the Linux kernel and Android images for integration of Google's "Trusty TEE". OXY 2012 - 2015 Experimental hobby project to learn more about the internals of Windows and Linux executable files. OXY is a programming language orginally written using LLVM before being fully migrated to C++. OXY aimed to allow developers to make feature-rich applications and games using powerful language-provided abstractions. It was designed to be a quick turnover language, letting a developer implement graphical interfaces very quickly and with few lines of code.