16:15 - 17:00



Since its creation in the summer of 2009, EasyBuild has evolved into a standard tool for installing scientific software on HPC systems, backed by an active & engaging worldwide community.

Hence, it is time to look back at how we got to this point, which major developments were done in the last couple of years, the surprises we ran into along the way, and the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead.

The changes in the upcoming EasyBuild version 4.0 will be discussed, as well as the integration with container technologies like Singularity & Docker.


Kenneth Hoste, a.k.a. ‘boegel’, is a computer scientist and FOSS enthusiast from Belgium. He holds a Masters (2005) and PhD (2010) in Computer Science from Ghent University. His dissertation topic was “Analysis, Estimation and Optimization of Computer System Performance Using Machine Learning”.

Since October 2010, he is a member of the HPC team at Ghent University (Belgium) where he is mainly responsible for user support & training. As a part of his job, he is also the lead developer and release manager of EasyBuild, a software build and installation framework for (scientific) software on High Performance Computing (HPC) systems.

He gets easily annoyed by TensorFlow, CMake, Bazel, lack of semantic versioning and cryptic C++ compiler error messages. In his free time, he is a family guy and a fan of loud music, frequently attending gigs and festivals. In addition, he tries to keep up with interesting technological developments like quantum computing. He enjoys helping people & sharing his expertise, and likes joking around. He has a weak spot for stickers.


Kenneth Hoste

HPC system administrator
Ghent University


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