Brock Palen and Jeff Squyres speak with Kenneth Hoste about EasyBuild. EasyBuild is a software build and installation framework that allows you to manage (scientific) software on High Performance Computing (HPC) systems in an efficient way.
Kenneth Hoste received his Masters degree and Ph.D in Computer Science from Ghent University in Belgium in 2005 and 2010, respectively. His research topic consisted of applying machine learning techniques to various problems that relate to analysis, estimation and optimization of computer system performance. Particular topics include the characterization of microarchitecture-independent workload behavior, and applying evolutionary search algorithms to optimizing static and JiT compilers.
Since October 2010, he has been working in the HPC support team of Ghent University, focusing on user support topics. As a direct result of this, he has taken up the role as main developer and release manager of EasyBuild, a community-powered framework written in Python that aims to tackle the ubiquitous problem of automating the tedious task of building and installing (scientific) software.