Jaan Tollander de Balsch


Problem-solving with computational methods and software engineering.


Education

2018 - 2023
MSc in Computer Science, Aalto University
Track: Algorithms, Logic, and Computation
2014 - 2018
BSc in Applied Mathematics, Aalto University

Experience

2021 - present
CSC - IT Center for Science

Currently, I work as an application specialist at CSC in the computing environments team. My responsibilities include developing and maintaining the Julia language environment, containerizing user applications, and improving user workflows on HPC clusters. Previously, I wrote my master’s thesis regarding monitoring and analyzing parallel file system usage on the Puhti cluster. As a trainee, I worked in the cloud team, which provided me with experience in CSC cloud services, the OpenStack virtual machines on Pouta, and the OpenShift container platform on Rahti.

Supervisors
Sebastian Von Alfthan, Kalle Happonen
2016 - 2021
Systems Analysis Laboratory

During my studies, I worked as a summer and part-time research assistant at the Systems Analysis Laboratory (SAL) at Aalto University. At SAL, I wrote multiple scientific software packages, including DecisionProgramming.jl, using the Julia programming language around mathematical models produced by the research group. Developing software packages included interpreting scientific research, designing APIs, writing documentation, and creating tests. We used GitHub for the centralized repository, GitHub actions for automating testing, and document deployment to GitHub pages. I also have experience in Python, but I prefer to use the Julia language for its superior performance and modern features for scientific computing.

Supervisors
Fabricio Oliveira, Anton von Schantz

Skills

Natural Languages
Finnish (native), English (professional)

Computational Science
High-performance and parallel computing, Mathematical modeling, Optimization, Algorithm design, Logic

Programming
Julia, Bash, Python, C

Software Engineering
Linux, Git, Ansible, Apptainer, Podman, Lmod, Slurm

Technical Writing and Communication
Markdown, Static websites, LaTeX, YouTube

Developer Tools
Terminal, Neovim, Tmux

Projects

jaantollander.com is my personal website where I share ideas about programming, mathematics and productivity.

Certificates

2023-12-16
Foundation in IT Service Management according to FitSM-1 V3

Contact

You can contact me via email.


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