I am a research associate in the Nekrutenko lab at Penn State. I have been involved with developing, maintaining, and deploying Galaxy-based solutions for several years now. My current Galaxy development efforts are focused on increasing the job throughput of Galaxy - both on the user side through concepts such as dataset collections that will allow users to run traditional Galaxy tools in parallel across any number of datasets and on the back-end by modifying Galaxy to be able to leverage larger and more diverse computational infrastructures. I am also focused on facilitating and growing the Galaxy developer community and to a less extent improving the more developer and platform centric features in Galaxy - API, workflows, and the tool shed.
Some of my key contributions to Galaxy include the following:
Pulsar. This component started as a way to allow jobs to run remotely without the need for full queue manager to be installed, added flexibility that allowed remote jobs to run under Windows also, but has become a multi-faceted tool that allows many different Galaxy job running scenarios.
Dynamic job desitnations. This allows various queue settings to be specified at runtime and to depend on properties such the user, inputs, and tool parameters.
Blend4j A Java client targeting the API.
Galaxy Bootstrap A Java library for deploying and configuring Galaxy instances on the fly.
Assertion based functional testing. This allows tool writers to build tests iteratively that test specific properties of outputs for given inputs. This is meant as a stepping stone toward allowing test-driven development of Galaxy tool wrappers.
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