Eugene de Beste

Senior HPC Technologist



“The right man in the wrong place can make all the difference in the world.”

- G-man, Half-Life 2.

Current Role

Senior HPC Technologist based in the Centre for High Performance Computing’s (CHPC) Advanced Computer Engineering (ACE) Lab with a primary focus on HPC education, cloud computing systems and distributed storage. The CHPC operates under the National Integrated Cyber Infrastructure System (NICIS), which in turn falls under the umbrella of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) of South Africa.

Responsibilities

Technology Experience

Non-exhaustive

Terraform
Ansible
Prometheus
Python
BASH
OpenHPC
Vault
Docker
Singularity
KVM
OpenStack
CEPH
CentOS
Ubuntu
Git
xCAT
MAAS
OpenStack Kolla
pfSense
SLURM
Grafana
OpenNebula
FreeIPA
Jupyter
HTML5, CSS & JS
Common Workflow Language
Travis-CI
GitLab CI/CD
Nginx
Let's Encrypt

Special Projects

NB: Details of projects listed here are reduced in work experience section below to remove redundancies.

Student Cluster Competition

CHPC

Ilifu project

UCT/SANBI

HISP OpenStack Deployment

SANBI

NICD HPC Deployment

SANBI

UWC HPC Deployment

SANBI

Professional Work Experience

Job Roles

2020-ongoing (Current) Senior High Performance Computing TechnologistAdvanced Computer Engineering Lab, Centre for High Performance Computing, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research



2018-2020 External ConsultantILIFU Project, University of Cape Town

2017-2020 Systems DeveloperSouth African National Bioinformatics Institute, University of the Western Cape

2015-2016 Systems Administrator InternVOSS Solutions

2013-2014 Computer Laboratory AdministratorUniversity of the Western Cape

Volunteering Roles

2017-2018 Volunteer StaffBSides Cape Town

2017-2018 Volunteer StaffDevOpsDays Cape Town

2018 TutorJEDI Workshop, Madagascar (Source.)

2017 TutorSoftware Carpentry, Observatory

2016 Hackathon ParticipantH3ABioNet Cloud computing hackathon, University of Pretoria (Source.)

2014 TutorSoftware Carpentry, University of Cape Town (Source.)

2012-2013 Volunteer Technical AssistantUniversity of the Western Cape

Education

Tertiary Education

2016-2019 M.Sc. BioinformaticsSouth African National Bioinformatics Institute, University of the Western Cape

2015 B.Sc. Hons Information TechnologyUniversity of Cape Town

2012-2014 B.Sc. Computer ScienceUniversity of the Western Cape

Secondary Education

2007-2011 National Senior Certificate — Fairbairn College

Academic Outputs

Journal Publications

2018 Ahmed, A.E., Mpangase, P.T., Panji, S., Baichoo, S., Souilmi, Y., Fadlelmola, F.M., Alghali, M., Aron, S., Bendou, H., de Beste, E. and Mbiyavanga, M. (2018). “Organizing and running bioinformatics hackathons within Africa: The H3ABioNet cloud computing experience”. AAS open research, 1. (Source.)

Thesis (M.Sc)

2019 de Beste, E. (2019). “Enabling the processing of bioinformatics workflows where data is located through the use of cloud and container technologies”. (Source.)

Posters

2017 de Beste, E., van Heusden, P., Christoffels, A., Bagula, A. (2017). “Moving Workfows to Data”. ISCB Africa ASBCB Conference on Bioinformatics. (Source.)

2019 de Beste, E., Christoffels, A., van Heusden, P. (2019). “Leveraging Open Source Technologies to Rapidly Deploy Infrastructure with Minimum Human Capacity”. Centre for High Performance Computing Annual Conference. (Source.)

Conferences

2013

2014

2016

2017

2018

2019

Achievements

2018 BSides Cape Town - Rite of PassageLas Vegas, United States of America

2014 First Place Overall Prize for the ISC’14 Student Cluster ChallengeInternational Supercomputing Conference, Leipzig, Germany

Top 3 Academic Achiever in Third Year (undergraduate)University of the Western Cape (Source.)

2013 First Place for the CHPC Student Cluster Competition 2013Centre for High Performance Computing, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research

IBM Master the Mainframe CompetitionUniversity of the Western Cape

2012 Golden Key SocietyUniversity of the Western Cape

Top 5 Academic Achiever in First Year (undergraduate)University of the Western Cape (Source.)

Occupation

Cape Town, South Africa

The Mother City