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Kevin Colby

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Senior Research Data Scientist

Kevin is currently a Senior Research Data Scientist for Research Computing at Purdue, where he is focused on a handful of key projects. Kevin oversees much of the institutional metrics for the organization, but is also responsible for the design of all the authentication and authorization infrastructure for Research Computing. Research Computing is now in the process of overhauling auth/authz in order to support the 4TF Anvil XSEDE resource for NSF, and Kevin also serves as a contact for XSEDE integration with Purdue's campus.

Kevin has previously managed the Research Support team, served as a program manager for various projects, and led software and product development projects. Prior to moving into HPC in 2007, Kevin was the first hire for the Purdue team which created HUBzero in 2001. Before coming to Purdue, Kevin did software development and network administration for private sector companies in both manufacturing and financial services.

Education

  • M.B.A., Purdue University (2019).
  • B.S., Computer Science, Purdue University (2009).

Selected Publications

  • Kevin D. Colby and Shawn Rice. 2017. Halcyon: Unified HPC Center Operations. In Proceedings of IEEE Cluster 2021. IEEE, Portland, OR.
  • Kevin D. Colby, Amiya K. Maji, Jason Rahman, and Joseph Bottum. 2017. Testpilot: A Flexible Framework for User-Centric Testing of HPC Clusters. In Proceedings of the Fourth International Workshop on HPC User Support Tools (HUST'17). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, Article 5, 1–10.
  • Daniel T. Dietz, Lev A. Gorenstein, Gregory S. Veldman, and Kevin D. Colby. 2017. Shared Research Group Storage Solution with Integrated Access Management. In Proceedings of the Practice and Experience in Advanced Research Computing 2017 on Sustainability, Success and Impact (PEARC17). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, Article 14, 1–7.
  • Kevin D. Colby, Daniel T. Dietz, Preston M. Smith, and Donna D. Cumberland. Self-Service Queue and User Management in Community Clusters at Purdue University. In Proceedings of First International Workshop on HPC Tools for User Support. New Orleans, LA.
  • Kevin D. Colby, Daniel T. Dietz, Preston M. Smith, and Donna D. Cumberland. 2014. Self-Service Queue and User Management in Shared Clusters. In Proceedings of the First International Workshop on HPC User Support Tools (HUST '14). IEEE Press, 22–31.
  • Sebastien Goasguen, Ali R. Butt, Kevin D. Colby, and Mark S. Lundstrom. 2002. Parallelization of the Nanoscale Device Simulator nanoMOS 2.0 using a 100-Node Linux Cluster. In Proceedings of the IEEE Nanotechnology Conference. Washington, DC.

Other Activities and Fun Facts

  • Kevin has two school-age boys and is finally able to start exploring backpacking, hammocking, and canoeing with them!
  • Kevin also enjoys tackling many home construction projects be it remodeling, woodwork, masonry, or electrical.