The focus of my research work is heterogeneous, parallel, and distributed computing on high performance computers and in the cloud for computational chemistry applications. Presently, I am collaborating with Martina Ašenbrener Katić on research of distributed chemical compound database architectures that meet the scalability and reliability requirements of high-throughput virtual screening campaigns.
I was a postdoctoral researcher in professor Frauke Gräter's Molecular Biomechanics (MBM) group at Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS). I was researching efficient ways to simulate breaking and formation of disulfide bonds in proteins as well as participating in development of free and open source software we used. Our developments can be found on GitHub.
I was also a postdoctoral researcher in professor Željko Svedružić's Biomolecular Structure and Function (BioSF) Group. I was studying molecular modelling of biomolecules. I was concentrated on investigating reaction dynamics of protein–ligand interactions with molecular dynamics and nudged elastic band methods using quantum chemistry and QM/MM approaches.
I have done my PhD work under the supervision of professor Branko Mikac (retd.) at University of Zagreb Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing (FER) Department of Telecommunications. My PhD research work has been focused on evaluation of optical telecommunication network reliability and availability using Monte Carlo method and optimization of routing and wavelength assignment. Additionally, I was focused on parallel execution of network simulation software.
I am leading the development of RxDock, a fork of rDock protein–ligand docking software developed at RxTx Research (in collaboration with Patrik Nikolić). (Feel free to contact me if you want to contribute to the project in any way.)
I am developing extensions and modifications of GROMACS molecular dynamics simulator in a number of different directions, but all designed with upstreaming in mind. Among others, I'm working on sliced pull and conditional stop. (Feel free to contact me with any questions or ideas.)
I was one of the developers of ns-3 network simulator. In particular, I was a developer of optical telecommunication network model called Photonic WDM Network Simulator (PWNS) (source code available on request; detailed description of the feature functionality is available in my PhD thesis).
Among other projects, I have contributed patches to LLVM and Mesa (part of Radeon open source Linux driver development effort), CP2K, LaTeX Beamer class, and others (detailed summary of my contributions can be found on OpenHub). Prior to contributing code to open source projects, I was a tester and web standards advocate for Mozilla and also tester and support for kX Project, an alternative driver for Sound Blaster Live! and Audigy cards developed to expand the potential of the EMU10kX DSPs.
At InfUniRi I teach the following courses (teaching materials are available on GitHub under CC-BY-SA 4.0 license):
Security of Information and Communication Systems (only TA),
Code Optimization for YUFE students,
Web Programming (TA: Milan Petrović),
Network and Mobile Operating Systems (only TA),
Computer System Administration (only TA),
Network Systems Management.
I taught Dynamic Web Applications 2 (TA: Milan Petrović) until 2021, Computer Networks 1 and Computer Networks 2 until 2020, since inherting the courses from professor Mario Radovan (retd.). I TA'd Parallel Programming on Heterogeneous Systems (developed from 2012. to 2016. in partnernship with NVIDIA under GPU Education Center (formerly CUDA Teaching Center) Program) and Distributed Systems until 2021, Operating Systems 2 until 2020, Operating Systems 1 until 2012, and Educational System Design until 2011, all courses instructed by professor Božidar Kovačić.
At RiTeh I TA'd Computer Networks course on undergraduate level in 2013 and 2014, instructed by professor Mladen Tomić. At BioTechUniRi I TA'd Informatics in 2009 and taught it in 2019, 2020, and 2021.
I am a member of the Committee for Supercomputing Resources at University of Rijeka that is directing the activities of Centre for Advanced Computing and Modelling (CNRM) and supporting the users of the Bura supercomputer.
As a coordinator of the local LUG HULK Rijeka, I regularly advocate for the usage and development of FOSS. In particular, we are organizing the observances of Document Freedom Day on a regular basis, where we promote the usage of LibreOffice, an open source office suite, and OpenDocument, an open standard format for office documents.
Finally, I stand for individual freedom which is constantly under threat from pervasive surveillance and unrestrained authoritarian governments. I appreciate and support the work of Electronic Frontier Foundation in this area.
EuroCC – National Competence Centres in the framework of EuroHPC, funded by Horizon 2020, timeframe 2020–2022
Development of Code Optimization online course for YUFE virtual campus, funded by University of Rijeka, timeframe 2020–2022
Modernization, modularization, and active maintenance of RxDock, a fast, versatile, and open-source program for docking ligands to proteins and nucleic acids, funded by RxTx Research, timeframe 2019–2022
Biokemija na superračunalu: razvoj programskih alata, dizajn lijekova i analize molekularnih mehanizama u razvoju bolesti (reference number uniri-prirod-18-132), funded by University of Rijeka, timeframe 2019–2021
PhD thesis: Method for optimizing availability of optical telecommunication network in presence of correlated failures. Defended at Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, University of Zagreb, 8th June 2015.
Development of the International Education Program Veleri-OI IoT School, funded by European Social Fund, timeframe 2018–2021
Mechano(bio)chemistry, funded by various sources including German Research Foundation, Klaus Tschira Foundation, Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies, and University of Heidelberg, timeframe 2014–2018
The development and commercialization of human DNA methyltransferase Dnmt1 inhibitor with a goal to reprogram functional organization of the genome of human cells (reference number 220.127.116.11.04), funded by University of Rijeka, timeframe 2014–2018
Recommender system for computer aided learning (ELARS) (reference number 18.104.22.168.05), funded by University of Rijeka, timeframe 2014–2018; continuation of Computer supported education (reference number 036-0361983-2019), funded by MZOS, timeframe 2007–2013
Establishment of GPU Education Center (formerly CUDA Teaching Center) at University of Rijeka, funded by NVIDIA, timeframe 2012–2016
Development of Photonic (formerly Prototype) WDM Network Simulator (PWNS), no external funding, timeframe 2012–2014
Development of e-learning materials for Computer Networks 2 course, funded by University of Rijeka, timeframe 2012
Building the Future Optical Network in Europe: The e-Photon/ONe Network, funded by FP7, timeframe 2008–2011
Supporting e-Business by Distance Learning System Based on Dialogue (reference number 009-0362027-1331), funded by MZOS, timeframe 2007–2013
Svedružić, Ž. M, Vrbnjak, K., Martinović, M. & Miletić, V. Structural Analysis of the Simultaneous Activation and Inhibition of γ-Secretase Activity in the Development of Drugs for Alzheimer’s Disease. Pharmaceutics 13(4), 514 (2021). doi:10.3390/pharmaceutics13040514 (WoS-SCIE, Q1 (2020), JIF: 6.321 (2020); times cited: 1)
Herrera-Rodríguez, A., Miletić, V., Aponte-Santamaría, C., & Gräter, F. Molecular dynamics simulations of molecules in uniform flow. Biophys. J. 116(6), 621–632 (2019). doi:10.1016/j.bpj.2018.12.025 (WoS-SCIE, Q1, JIF: 3.854; times cited: 2)
Franz, F., Aponte-Santamaría, C., Daday, C., Miletić, V. & Gräter, F. Stability of Biological Membranes upon Mechanical Indentation. J. Phys. Chem. B 122(28), 7073–7079 (2018). doi:10.1021/acs.jpcb.8b01861 (WoS-SCIE, Q2, JIF: 2.923; times cited: 2)
Miletić, V., Odorčić, I., Nikolić, P. & Svedružić, Ž. M. In silico design of the first DNA-independent mechanism-based inhibitor of mammalian DNA methyltransferase Dnmt1. PLOS ONE 12(4), e0174410 (2017). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0174410 (WoS-SCIE, Q1, JIF: 2.766; times cited: 13)
Miletić, V., Nikolić, P. & Kinkela, D. Structure-based Molecular Docking in the Identification of Novel Inhibitors Targeting SARS-CoV-2 Main Protease. in 2021 44th International Convention on Information, Communication, and Electronic Technology (MIPRO), 435–440 (2021). doi:10.23919/MIPRO52101.2021.9596660
Miletić, V., Ašenbrener Katić, M. & Svedružić, Ž. High-throughput Virtual Screening Web Service Development for SARS-CoV-2 Drug Design. in 2020 43rd International Convention on Information, Communication, and Electronic Technology (MIPRO), 371–376 (2020). doi:10.23919/MIPRO48935.2020.9245082
Miletić, V., Šubić, T. & Mikac, B. Optimizing maximum shared risk link group disjoint path algorithm using NVIDIA CUDA heterogeneous parallel programming platform. in Proceedings on the 2014 X International Symposium on Telecommunications (BIHTEL) (ed. Mrdović, S.; University of Sarajevo, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina), 1–6 (IEEE, 2014). doi:10.1109/BIHTEL.2014.6987645 (PDF)
Miletić, V., Holenko Dlab, M. & Hoić-Božić, N. Optimizing ELARS Algorithms Using NVIDIA CUDA Heterogeneous Parallel Programming Platform. in ICT Innovations 2014, Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing (eds. Bogdanova, A. M. & Gjorgjevikj, D.; University of Skopje, Berlin, Heidelberg) 311, 135–144 (Springer International Publishing, 2015). doi:10.1007/978-3-319-09879-1_14
Miletić, V., Maniadakis, D., Mikac, B. & Varoutas, D. On the influence of the underlying network topology on optical telecommunication network availability under shared risk link group failures. in Proceedings of the 2014 10th International Conference on the Design of Reliable Communication Networks (DRCN) (ed. Van Daele, P.; University of Ghent, Ghent, Belgium), 1–8 (IEEE, 2014). doi:10.1109/DRCN.2014.6816135 (PDF)
Miletić, V., Mikac, B. & Džanko, M. Impact evaluation of physical length of shared risk link groups on optical network availability using Monte Carlo simulation. in Proceedings of the 2013 18th European Conference on Networks and Optical Communications (NOC) and 8th Conference on Optical Cabling & Infrastructure (OC&I) (ed. Leitgeb, E.; Technical University Graz, Graz, Austria), 249–256 (IEEE, 2013). doi:10.1109/NOC-OCI.2013.6582897 (PDF)
Džanko, M., Mikac, B., Miletić, V., Gonzalez, N. A., Zervas, G. S. & Simeonidou, D. Analytical and simulation availability models of ROADM architectures. in Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Telecommunications (ConTEL) (eds. Pripužić, K. & Banek, M.; University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia), 39–45 (IEEE, 2013).
Miletić, V., Mikac, B. & Džanko, M. Modelling optical network components: A network simulator-based approach. in Proceedings on the 2012 IX International Symposium on Telecommunications (BIHTEL) (ed. Mrdović, S.; University of Sarajevo, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina), 1–6 (IEEE, 2012). doi:10.1109/BIHTEL.2012.6412064 (PDF)
Džanko, M., Mikac, B. & Miletić, V. Availability of all-optical switching fabrics used in optical cross-connects. in Proceedings on the 35th Convention International MIPRO 2012 (ed. Golubić, S.; MIPRO, Opatija, Croatia), 613–617 (IEEE, 2012).
Nikolić, P., Miletić, V., Odorčić, I. & Svedružić, Ž. M. In Silico Optimization of the First DNA-Independent Mechanism-Based Inhibitor of Mammalian DNA Methyltransferase DNMT1. Epi-Informatics 113–153 (2016). doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-802808-7.00005-8
Koren, R., Martinović, M., Nikolić, P., Odorčić, I., Ostojić, L., Visentin, D., Vrbnjak, K., Miletić, V. & Svedružić, Ž. M. Supercomputers as microscopes for the 21st century: substrate channeling, epigenetic regulation, and molecular basis of Alzheimer's disease. in 27HSKIKI Book of Abstracts, Zagreb, Croatia (Croatian Chemical Society, 2021).
Miletić, V., Páll, S. & Gräter, F. LLVM AMDGPU for High Performance Computing: are we competitive yet? in 2017 European LLVM Developers' Meeting, Saarbrücken, Germany (2017). (video)
Miletić, V., Páll, S. & Gräter, F. Towards fully open source GPU accelerated molecular dynamics simulation. in 2016 European LLVM Developers' Meeting, Barcelona, Spain (2016). (video)
Nikolić, P., Miletić, V. & Svedružić, Ž. M. DNA Methyltransferase Dnmt1: Regulation of Substrate Selectivity. in 6th OEGMBT Annual Meeting 2014 Abstract Book (eds. Khassidov, A., Glaser, W. & Klimek, C.; Austrian Association of Molecular Life Sciences; Biotechnology; Servicebetrieb ÖH-Uni Graz GmbH, Vienna, Austria), 129 (2014).
Miletić, V. Slobodni softver otvorenog koda – nositelj inovativnosti. In Sveučilišni list Universitas 70, edited by Tomislav Čižmić-Marović, 24. Split, Croatia (University of Split, 2015).
Miletić, V. Možemo li predvidjeti (i spriječiti) prekid rada telekomunikacijske mreže? in Dan Novih Tehnologija (DaNTe) 2013, edited by Petar Biljanović, 1. Rijeka, Croatia (MIPRO/IEEE, 2013).
Škarica, M., Ašenbrener Katić, M. & Miletić, V. Primjena kviza u nastavi matematike. in 2021 44th International Convention on Information, Communication, and Electronic Technology (MIPRO), 996–1000 (2021).
Jakupović A., Čandrlić S., Šumanm, S, Ašenbrener Katić. M., Jakšić, D., Načinović Prskalo, L., Slavuj, V., Miletić, V., Kaluža, M., Davidović, V., Širola, D., Rafajac, O., Pobar, M. & Malnar, D. Ogledni primjer web aplikacije Veleri-OI Meteo System razvijene za potrebe obrazovnog programa Veleri-OI IoT School. in Razvoj poslovnih i informatičkih sustava CASE 2021, edited by Mislav Polonijo, 61–73. Zagreb, Croatia (CASE, 2021).
Miletić, V., Kovačić, B. & Lenković, K. PG-Strom: primjena tehnologije paralelnog programiranja NVIDIA CUDA na sustav za upravljanje bazom podataka PostgreSQL. in Razvoj poslovnih i informatičkih sustava CASE 25, edited by Mislav Polonijo, 53–59. Zagreb, Croatia (CASE, 2013).
"The present state of the world is not the proof of philosophy’s impotence, but the proof of philosophy’s power. It is philosophy that has brought men to this state – it is only philosophy that can lead them out."
(For the New Intellectual)
"But you see, I have, let's say, sixty years to live. Most of that time will be spent working. I've chosen the work I want to do. If I find no joy in it, then I'm only condemning myself to sixty years of torture. And I can find the joy only if I do my work in the best way possible to me. But the best is a matter of standards – and I set my own standards. I inherit nothing. I stand at the end of no tradition. I may, perhaps, stand at the beginning of one."
"[B]efore you can do things for people, you must be the kind of man who can get things done. But to get things done, you must love the doing, not the secondary consequences."
"The machine, the frozen form of a living intelligence, is the power that expands the potential of your life by raising the productivity of your time. If you worked as a blacksmith in the mystics’ Middle Ages, the whole of your earning capacity would consist of an iron bar produced by your hands in days and days of effort."
"Man's mind is his basic tool of survival. Life is given to him, survival is not. His body is given to him, its sustenance is not. His mind is given to him, its content is not. To remain alive, he must act, and before he can act he must know the nature and purpose of his action. He cannot obtain his food without a knowledge of food and of the way to obtain it. He cannot dig a ditch – or build a cyclotron – without a knowledge of his aim and of the means to achieve it. To remain alive, he must think."
"Of what use is a railroad without motive power?"
"Of what use is anything, for that matter, without it?"
"If you choose to deal with men by means of compulsion, do so. But you will discover that you need the voluntary co-operation of your victims, in many more ways than you can see at present. And your victims should discover that it is their own volition – which you cannot force – that makes you possible. I choose to be consistent and I will obey you in the manner you demand. Whatever you wish me to do, I will do it at the point of a gun. If you sentence me to jail, you will have to send armed men to carry me there – I will not volunteer to move. If you fine me, you will have to seize my property to collect the fine – I will not volunteer to pay it. If you believe that you have the right to force me – use your guns openly. I will not help you to disguise the nature of your action."
"Sweep aside those parasites of subsidized classrooms, who live on the profits of the mind of others and proclaim that man needs no morality, no values, no code of behavior. They, who pose as scientists and claim that man is only an animal, do not grant him inclusion in the law of existence they have granted to the lowest of insects. They recognize that every living species has a way of survival demanded by its nature, they do not claim that a fish can live out of water or that a dog can live without its sense of smell – but man, they claim, the most complex of beings, man can survive in any way whatever, man has no identity, no nature, and there’s no practical reason why he cannot live with his means of survival destroyed, with his mind throttled and placed at the disposal of any orders they might care to issue.
"Sweep aside those hatred-eaten mystics, who pose as friends of humanity and preach that the highest virtue man can practice is to hold his own life as of no value. Do they tell you that the purpose of morality is to curb man’s instinct of self-preservation? It is for the purpose of self-preservation that man needs a code of morality. The only man who desires to be moral is the man who desires to live."
(Atlas Shrugged, more in the Lexicon)
"I want to see, real, living, and in the hours of my own days, that glory I create as an illusion. I want it real. I want to know that there is someone, somewhere, who wants it, too. Or else what is the use of seeing it, and working, and burning oneself for an impossible vision? A spirit, too, needs fuel. It can run dry."
"It does not matter that only a few in each generation will grasp and achieve the full reality of man's proper stature – and that the rest will betray it. It is those few that move the world and give life its meaning – and it is those few that I have always sought to address. The rest are no concern of mine; it is not me or The Fountainhead that they will betray: it is their own souls."
(Introduction to 25th Anniversary Edition of The Fountainhead)
"It is not in the nature of man – nor of any living entity – to start out by giving up, by spitting in one’s own face and damning existence; that requires a process of corruption, whose rapidity differs from man to man. Some give up at the first touch of pressure; some sell out; some run down by imperceptible degrees and lose their fire, never knowing when or how they lost it. Then all of these vanish in the vast swamp of their elders who tell them persistently that maturity consists of abandoning one’s mind; security, of abandoning one’s values; practicality, of losing self-esteem. Yet a few hold on and move on, knowing that that fire is not to be betrayed, learning how to give it shape, purpose and reality. But whatever their future, at the dawn of their lives, men seek a noble vision of man’s nature and of life’s potential."
(Introduction to 25th Anniversary Edition of The Fountainhead)
"People do it everyday, they talk to themselves... they see themselves as they’d like to be, they don’t have the courage you have, to just run with it."
"I say never be complete. I say stop being perfect. I say let's evolve. Let the chips fall where they may."
"No fear. No distractions. The ability to let that which does not matter truly slide."
"Leonardo's Mona Lisa is just a thousand thousand smears of paint. Michelangelo's David is just a million hits with a hammer. We're all of us a million bits put together the right way."
"We're the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our great war is a spiritual war. Our great depression is our lives. We've all been raised on television to believe that one day we'd all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars, but we won't."
"We're consumers. We are by-products of a lifestyle obsession. Murder, crime, poverty, these things don't concern me. What concerns me are celebrity magazines, television with 500 channels, some guy's name on my underwear. Rogaine, Viagra, Olestra."
"Our culture has made us all the same. No one is truly white or black or rich, anymore. We all want the same. Individually, we are nothing."
"Old George Orwell got it backward. Big Brother isn't watching. He's singing and dancing. He's pulling rabbits out of a hat. Big Brother’s busy holding your attention every moment you're awake. He's making sure you're always distracted. He's making sure you're fully absorbed. He's making sure your imagination withers. Until it's as useful as your appendix. He's making sure your attention is always filled. And this being fed, it's worse than being watched."
"Could it all be a bad dream or a nightmare? Is it my imagination or have we lost our minds? It's surreal, it's just not believable. A grand absurdity, a great deception, a delusion of momentous proportions based on preposterous notions and on ideas whose time should never have come. Simplicity, grossly distorted and complicated. Insanity, passed off as logic. Grandiose schemes built on falsehoods with the morality of Ponzi and Madoff. Evil described as virtue. Ignorance pawned off as wisdom. Destruction and impoverishment in the name of humanitarianism. Violence, the tool of change. Preventive wars used as a road to peace. Tolerance delivered by government guns. Reactionary views in the guise of progress. An empire replacing the republic. Slavery sold as liberty. Excellence and virtue traded for mediocrity. Socialism to save capitalism. A government out of control, unrestrained by the constitution, the rule of law or morality. Bickering over petty politics as we descend into chaos. The philosophy that destroys us is not even defined.
We have broken from reality a psychotic nation. Ignorance with a pretense of knowledge replacing wisdom. Money does not grow on trees, nor does prosperity come from a government printing press or escalating deficits. We are now in the midst of unlimited spending of the people's money. Exorbitant taxation, deficits of trillions of dollars spent on a failed welfare-warfare system. An epidemic of cronyism. Unlimited supplies of paper money equated with wealth. A central bank that deliberately destroys the value of the currency in secrecy, without restraint, without nary a whimper, yet cheered on by the pseudo-capitalists of Wall Street, the military-industrial complex, and Detroit.
We police our world empire with troops on 700 bases and in 130 countries around the world. A dangerous war now spreads throughout the Middle East and Central Asia. Thousands of innocent people being killed as we become known as the torturers of the 21st century. We assume that by keeping the already known torture pictures from the public's eye, we will be remembered only as a generous and good people. If our enemies want to attack us only because we are free and rich, proof of torture would be irrelevant. The sad part of all this is that we have forgotten what made America great, good and prosperous. We need to quickly refresh our memories and once again reinvigorate our love, understanding, and confidence in liberty. The status quo cannot be maintained considering the current conditions. Violence and lost liberty will result without some revolutionary thinking. We must escape from the madness of crowds now gathering.
(Current Conditions or Just a Bad Dream? by Ron Paul)
"Science is woefully underfunded compared to the scale of the problems it’s trying to solve."
"As an adolescent I aspired to lasting fame, I craved factual certainty, and I thirsted for a meaningful vision of human life – so I became a scientist. This is like becoming an archbishop so you can meet girls."
"The old God was seized by mortal terror. Man himself had been his greatest blunder; he had created a rival to himself; science makes men godlike— it is all up with priests and gods when man becomes scientific! —Moral: science is the forbidden per se; it alone is forbidden. Science is the first of sins, the germ of all sins, the original sin. This is all there is of morality.—“Thou shall not know”:— the rest follows from that."
(The Antichrist by Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche)
"Technology leadership is not defined by patents, which history has repeatedly shown to be small protection indeed against a determined competitor, but rather by the ability of a company to attract and motivate the world’s most talented engineers. We believe that applying the open source philosophy to our patents will strengthen rather than diminish Tesla’s position in this regard."
(All Our Patent Are Belong To You by Elon Musk)
"You and I are told increasingly that we have to choose between a left or right, but I would like to suggest that there is no such thing as a left or right. There is only an up or down – up to a man's age-old dream; the ultimate in individual freedom consistent with law and order – or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism, and regardless of their sincerity, their humanitarian motives, those who would trade our freedom for security have embarked on this downward course."
(A Time for Choosing by Ronald Reagan)
"Those who seek absolute power, even though they seek it to do what they regard as good, are simply demanding the right to enforce their own version of heaven on earth. And let me remind you, they are the very ones who always create the most hellish tyrannies. Absolute power does corrupt, and those who seek it must be suspect and must be opposed. Their mistaken course stems from false notions of equality, ladies and gentlemen. Equality, rightly understood, as our founding fathers understood it, leads to liberty and to the emancipation of creative differences. Wrongly understood, as it has been so tragically in our time, it leads first to conformity and then to despotism."
(1964 Acceptance Speech as the Republican Presidential candidate by Barry Goldwater)
"[S]ociety was never so much about ideal distribution of resources, as it was about the centralized use of force vs a decentralized voluntary trade and resilience to such force. The Internet and blockchain technology is the best promise of decentralized resilience we've had in 500 years."
(It was never about capitalism vs communism - it was always about centralized vs decentralized by Rich Falkvinge)
"You send your kids off to college. They love you. You walk away with a Cornell mom T-shirt. You are walking away going this is great, and come Thanksgiving, your kid tells you that you are an imperialist and a racist and a homophobe. That is not worth $120,000."
(Andrew Breitbart speaking at Council for National Policy)
"The future of technology is not pre-determined, and we must resist the temptation of technological utopianism – the notion that technology has a momentum or will of its own, that it will guarantee a more free future, and therefore that we can ignore the terrible arc of the political in our world. A better metaphor is that we are in a deadly race between politics and technology. The future will be much better or much worse, but the question of the future remains very open indeed. We do not know exactly how close this race is, but I suspect that it may be very close, even down to the wire. Unlike the world of politics, in the world of technology the choices of individuals may still be paramount. The fate of our world may depend on the effort of a single person who builds or propagates the machinery of freedom that makes the world safe for capitalism."
(The Education of a Libertarian by Peter Thiel)
"(...) we've basically outlawed everything in the world of atoms, we've left the world of bits relatively unregulated. It costs a 100 000 dollars to start a computer software company, it costs you a billion dollars to get a new drug approved through the FDA, and therefore it's not surprising that we live in a world where people start more video game companies and they don't actually work on drugs that would save people's lives."
(ISI 2014 Dinner for Western Civilization speech by Peter Thiel)
"Technology revolutionaries succeeded not because of some collectivist vision that seeks to regulate “fairness”, “neutrality”, “privacy” or “competition” through coercive state actions, or that views the Internet and technology as a vast commons that must be freely available to all, but rather because of the same belief as America’s Founders who understood that private property is the foundation of prosperity and freedom itself. Technology revolutionaries succeed because of the decentralized nature of the Internet, which defies government control. As a consequence, decentralization has unlocked individual self-empowerment, entrepreneurialism, creativity, innovation and the creation of new markets in ways never before imagined in human history... Around the world, the real threat to Internet freedom comes not from bad people or inefficient markets – we can and will always route around them – but from governments' foolish attempts to manage and control innovation. And it is not just the tyrannies we must fear. The road away from freedom is paved with good intentions."
"I will not serve that in which I no longer believe, whether it call itself my home, my fatherland, or my church: and I will try to express myself in some mode of life or art as freely as I can and as wholly as I can, using for my defence the only arms I allow myself to use – silence, exile and cunning."
(A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce)
"The human race is but a monotonous affair. Most of them labor the greater part of their time for mere subsistence; and the scanty portion of freedom which remains to them so troubles them that they use every exertion to get rid of it."
(The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)
"The world you're looking at only exists from the outside. The only reason I survive in it is that I always knew it was empty."
(Chuck Bass from Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar)
"“Ideas are organic entities,” someone has said. The very fact of their birth endows them with form, and that form is action. He in whose brain the most ideas are born accomplishes the most. From that cause a genius, chained to an official desk, must die or go mad, just as it often happens that a man of powerful constitution, and at the same time of sedentary life and simple habits, dies of an apoplectic stroke.
Passions are naught but ideas in their first development; they are an attribute of the youth of the heart, and foolish is he who thinks that he will be agitated by them all his life. Many quiet rivers begin their course as noisy waterfalls, and there is not a single stream which will leap or foam throughout its way to the sea. That quietness, however, is frequently the sign of great, though latent, strength. The fulness and depth of feelings and thoughts do not admit of frenzied outbursts. In suffering and in enjoyment the soul renders itself a strict account of all it experiences and convinces itself that such things must be. It knows that, but for storms, the constant heat of the sun would dry it up! It imbues itself with its own life—pets and punishes itself like a favourite child. It is only in that highest state of self-knowledge that a man can appreciate the divine justice.
(A Hero of Our Time by Mikhail Iurevich Lermontov)
"Every revolution was first a thought in one man's mind and when the same thought occurs in another man, it is the key to that era."
(History from Essays: First Series by Ralph Waldo Emerson)
"Svršeni su računi ove godine. Bila je crna po nas Hrvate. Dobrote ne doživismo nikakove, zla i premnogo. Kiša i tuča, poplava poharala zemlju... 9. studenoga ošinu nas strahoviti potres te uništi u našem liepom Zagrebu mnogo liepih nada. Ne samo ljudi, ne samo Madjari i Austrijanci, i narav se proti nama urotila, sve zlo je navalilo na nas biedne Hrvate. Hoće li bolje biti? Mora jedan put, ta gore ne može biti nego što je sada. Da se ta crna godina i ljuto završi, padala je danas u Zagrebu tuča. Vrieme je toplo, vlažno kao u proljeće, sniegu ni traga. Mi stojimo moralno i materijalno u blatu. Hoće li Bog tome biednome narodu ikada pomoći? – upitah se često za ovih zadnjih dana godine. Čovjek gotovo da sdvoji, toliko se pojavilo kod nas kukavica, toliko ništarija i propalica, toliko ima lopovštine, da te groza hvata. Poštenje, dosljednost, karakter dan-danas su kod nas gotovo suvišni pojavi."
(August Šenoa wrote this down on December 31st, 1880.)
life, freedom, integrity, honesty, self-esteem, reason; working as a teaching and research assistant, my colleagues at InfUniRi, RiTeh, FER, and HITS; my courses, students that found inspiration in them to expand their knowledge; my friends, my family; PhD studies (well, most of the time), doing network modelling and simulations, writing research papers, mathematics and its applications in engineering disciplines, computer networks; free software and its community, celebrating Document Freedom Day, Debian, Fedora (well, most of the time), the DRM/Mesa/X.Org/Wayland graphics stack (even more when it leaves the proprietary stack in the dust), ALSA (when it works), ns-3 (many amazing people work on it), NetBeans (Eclipse is good, but not as perfect), Qt Creator (when your machine isn't powerful enough for NetBeans), GROMACS (it is very cool), CP2K (it can do a lot of great science), Git (no explanation necessary); Red Hat, the open source leader, GitHub, the new Facebook (modulo the social justice warriors that work there), and Bitbucket, the new Myspace; working with high-performance computers using CUDA and MPI, accelerating molecular dynamics; biotechnology students, especially those who claim that I invented Linux and nobody else is using it besides me for teaching; teaching, both auditory and lab exercises, guest lectures about Linux, LibreOffice and Python; tourist animation, entertainment, hiking, summer and being at the beach, fine cocktails, ice cream, interesting girls and people in general, hanging out with friends, many star hotels with fine food (and lots of it); fine food regardless of the hotels, cakes, especially fruit cakes and and Schwarzwald; peaches, strawberries, pears and cherries combined with (ice) cream; conferences and summer schools, meeting other researchers; people who have a standard of right and wrong, people who know what they want, people who can recognize the work done well and work done badly, people who do good work, getting things done attitude towards work; leading and participating in successful projects; creating something beautiful in the world of open source, especially in new and groundbreaking projects where crappy documentation is better than no documentation (even though being stuck for hours is frustrating); yoga, running, gym, basically anything that can serve as stress relief; Steam and gaming on Linux, SteamOS, Valve's games, Outside free-to-play MMORPG, board games; companies like Google, Valve, and AMD who took brave moves to push GNU/Linux and open source into the mainstream; Python and most of the time C and C++, tools like GDB/LLDB, Clang static analyzer, Valgrind; the idea of open source principles being applied everywhere, including agriculture and drug research; Croatian Railways and trains in general, airplanes; high school literature such as Sorrows of Young Werther, Anna Karenina and other works by Tolstoy; Ayn Rand's literary and philosophical works ...
negativity, lack of desire and initiative to do the right thing, boring lectures; foggy and imprecise rules designed to be stretched at arbitrary whim, people who carry don't blame me mentality; non-free software, closed data formats, research results closed behind a paywall; the enemies of software freedom, Microsoft in particular; authoritarianism, bullshit, long meetings, people who suck up to losers in power, danglers, ridged and fake people; students who bother me about groundlessly getting points as an alms, students who have no idea what the course is about and jump out to quote the laws and rule books; injustice, lies, people who don't know what to do with their lives and use that as an excuse to bother others with their problems, gossips, the whole blaming-others-for-personal-issues-culture; living on someone else's earnings (physically and spiritually), looters (physical and spiritual), including fake spiritual teachers who are in the game for the money and sell crap in return, using organized religion and religious institutions for political ends; evasion and running away from reality, getting away from any responsibility; spoiled and annoying kids addicted to constant stimulation, raised on MTV and sweets, parents who allow the children to run over their heads and have a weak standard of right and wrong, the whole permissive parenting idea, indigo kids and similar garbage; the entire political correctness movement, which is basically censorship; fast food (despite that fact that it can be tasty), the entire culture of rushing everywhere (despite the fact that sometimes you have to accept it); people who panic and create chaos at every unplanned obstacle instead of working to resolve it; doing work the crappy way just to get it done, publishing bad papers just to publish a certain number of them and get promoted, viewing the world superficially, judging people and situations without seeing their depth; patents, especially software patents, people who take patent system as God-given and refuse to discuss whether it should exist at all; proprietary software and people who compromise too easily on using it, people who try to force me to use proprietary software because "it's the way it has always been done, who cares about this stuff, and we have no time to change now"; television and crap TV shows, especially stuff like My Super Sweet 16, Jersey Shore and other wannabe dramatic or funny shows; completely pointless modern literature junk that is assigned in high school, including Waiting for Godot by Beckett, Chairs by Ionesco and The Metamorphosis by Kafka (I love-hate The Trial though); the fame behind Madamme Bovary and overvaluation of her life philosophy ...
I am a big fan of Debian GNU/Linux and Fedora distributions (their quality and their emphasis on software freedom are first class), NetBeans and Qt Creator IDEs, Clang C/C++/OpenCL and GFortran Fortran compilers, Git version control system, TeX/LaTeX/ConTeXt and reStructuredText markup formats (because of high quality of TeX Live and Sphinx/Pelican/Pandoc, respectively).
My surname Miletić is pronounced as Miletich with ch as in "cheers" and "cherry". This ending perfectly fits Switzerland's .ch domain for domain hack; a domain hack is basically anything like youtu.be, n.pr, sptnkne.ws, goo.gl, cr.yp.to, igraoni.ca, mathema.tician.de, ga.me, and ma.tt (see domai.nr for more). I find domain hacks very cool, think of them as an expression of personal creativity, and also like Switzerland a lot; hence vedran.mileti.ch.
From 2007 till 2009, while I was still an undergraduate student of mathematics, my personal site was located on www.ffri.hr/~vmiletic. In 2009, when I got employed by Department of Informatics, the site moved to www.inf.uniri.hr/~vmiletic. For a while I was reluctant about getting my own domain; I considered various options using .com and .hr (including vedranmiletic.from.hr) but didn't really like any of them. In 2014, after expanding my search on ccTLDs other than Croatian one, I finally thought of using .ch domain hack and from the start vedran.mileti.ch felt just right. Right now, all of these domains are redirected to vedran.miletic.net for consistency with the rest of the Miletić family. My brother Mladen prefers ordinary (i.e. non-hack) domain names and has chosen mladen.miletic.net for his professional site (miletic.net is our family domain).
The name Vedran comes from Croatian vedri dan which translates to English clear day. The surname Miletić has no particular meaning that I am aware of; despite, my father always joked and made stories around leti part which translates to fly (verb). Is it written down as Miletić, Miletic or Miletich? I am okay with any of these. Research papers indexed in databases mostly contain the non-accented version (i.e. Miletic), because the accented version (i.e. Miletić) can be hard to write on any keyboard layout other than Croatian. Fun fact: there's another Vedran Miletić I know and he's doing very nice 3D Origami.