GDR GPL Prize for Thesis
Clément Quinton, a member of the Spirals team (a joint venture with the University of Lille 1*) between 2009 and 2014, was an engineer at the INRIA Lille - Nord Europe centre before starting work on his thesis. This thesis will be awarded a prize at the GDR GPL, on 15 June in Bordeaux. Clément is currently pursuing his post-doctoral research at the Milan Politecnico in the department headed by Carlo Ghezzi (ERC senior in the field of software engineering).
The members of the GDR GPL (Groupement de Recherche Génie de la Programmation et du Logiciel [Programming and Software Engineering Research Group) belong to the French scientific community involved in Software Engineering and Programming. Every year, the group organizes a national event bringing together all those working in the sector. The next event will be held in Bordeaux from 9 to 12 June 2015, and on this occasion Clément Quinton will be awarded the GDR GPL prize for a thesis.
Clément’s thesis, entitled "Cloud Environment Selection and Configuration: A Software Product Lines–based Approach" resulted in the development of the Saloon software. This innovative product is the first to enable configuration and deployment of applications and computer services in the cloud computing environment using the concept of software product lines. As in other fields (the aeronautics and automotive industries, etc.), the concept of a product line makes it possible, on the basis of a set of features and options, to produce all of the possible configurations of a product – in this case, software – while automatically managing the variability and the constraints.
This achievement is particularly important for cloud computing, in which even the simplest services and applications, with their several dozen functionalities, can result in billions of configurations that need to be managed.
The work is currently being undertaken in the Spirals team as part of the PaaSage European project.
* within the UMR 9189 CNRS-Central Lille-University of Lille1, CRIStAL.