KOALA is developed by the KOALA team in the Parallel and Distributed Systems Group of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, and Computer Science of Delft University of Technology. The members of the KOALA team are:

Staff members

PhD Students

  • Bogdan Ghit: Scheduling MapReduce frameworks
  • Alexey Ilyuskin: Online scheduling of workflows
  • Aleksandra Kuzmanovska (TU/e): Scheduling heterogeneous frameworks

Previous Post-docs

  • Catalin Dumitrescu (CoreGRID fellow): Grid scheduling and higher-order components
  • Hashim Mohamed: Main developer of KOALA

Previous PhD Students

Previous MSc. Students


  • January 2013: MR-Runner upgraded! Now the MR-Runner deploys Hadoop-1.0.0 clusters, compatible with Pig-0.10.0. 

  • December 2012KOALA 2.1 released! Deploy MapReduce clusters on DAS-4 with the Koala MR-Runner

  • November 2012:  Best Paper Award at MTAGS12 workshop (co-located with SC12) with work on MapReduce!

  • November 2009KOALA 2.0 released! You can now run Parameter sweep applications (PSAs) with KOALA CSRunner

  • April 2008: New KOALA runner! The OMRunner enables DRMAA and OpenMPI job submissions. 

  • July 2007: Paper accepted at Grid07 conference with work on scheduling malleable jobs in KOALA.

  • May 2007: KOALA has now been ported successfully to DAS-3. All the KOALA runners are operational apart from the DRunner.

  • April 2007: The KOALA IRunner has been updated to include recommendations made by the Ibis group