Laurent Gauthier

Laurent Gauthier

System Applications Engineer at Texas Instruments

Nice Area, France
Computer Software

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Laurent Gauthier's Overview

  • Software Configuration Management Consultant at Thales Underwater Systems
  • Software Services Consultant at IBM Rational Software
  • Software Configuration Management Team Lead at Alcatel
  • Software Configuration Manager at Altadis

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Laurent Gauthier's Summary

I am a Toolsmith at heart.

Professionally there is nothing I enjoy more than automating boring, error prone or tedious software engineering tasks. I am strongly convinced that processes and tools should work for people, and not the reverse.

I am currently doing software optimization and general TI DSP support for customers working on basestation software for WCDMA and LTE standards.

In the past I have worked on the test and validation of 3GPP baseband software. Test automation of large test-suites for embedded DSP software.

I have also been involved in the release management activities and customer interactions over the years.

Expert in SCM (Software Configuration Management) with advanced knowledge of Rational ClearCase, ClearQuest, MultiSite, as well as a significant experience with Git. Many years (>15) working in geographically distributed projects, multi-cultural environments.

Significant experience in scripting of all kinds: Perl, Python, shell, XSLT, PHP, you name it...

Significant experience in software build tools, and the process of automating builds.

Professional programming experience in C, C++, and Java.

Specialties: Software Optimization
Algorithm Design
Software Development Process
Software Configuration Management
Release Management
Software Test
Software Build

Laurent Gauthier's Experience

System Applications Engineer

Texas Instruments

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; TXN; Semiconductors industry

2010Present (4 years) Nice Area, France

DSP Software Optimization of basestation software on multi-core TI DSPs for WCDMA and LTE (L2 schedulers).

Contributed to and now maintaining the software for the TI Small Cell RF platform (Azcom SCBP board + TI TSW3725 RF board). This software is a combination of Linux, Web (Ajax) and DSP software.

During that period I have supported our customers and internal teams in their efforts to automate the test of their DSP software, especially reliably running large scale test suites.

Finally I am also doing Git and ClearCase/UCM support for our team based in Nice. Especially support for migration of projects from ClearCase to Git/Gerrit/Gitorious.

System Engineer

Texas Instruments

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; TXN; Semiconductors industry

March 2006April 2012 (6 years 2 months) Nice Area, France

As the System Test Lead I oversaw the activity of our system test team based in Bangalore (5 engineers validating our WCDMA DSP software for basestations).

I contributed directly to the definition and implementation of our automated test-bench that enabled running our 2000+ test-cases overnight as a step in our software build procedures.

In addition I was acting as the Software Configuration Manager (ClearCase/UCM), providing support and training on processes and tools, in Nice as well as two sites in the U.S. (continuation of the previous activity).

Software Configuration Manager

Texas Instruments

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; TXN; Semiconductors industry

August 2005February 2006 (7 months) Nice Area, France

Defined and implemented the way to use ClearCase/UCM for a mid-size software development group. This involved documenting the UCM usage model, automating (perl scripting mainly) the build and release procedures and providing day-to-day support for the team in Nice and a group of system test engineers based in Bangalore.

Since then these procedures have been adopted by other larger teams based in the U.S. and are still in use to this day.

This work was done as a contractor.

ClearCase Consultant


Public Company; 10,001+ employees; Information Technology and Services industry

December 2004August 2005 (9 months) Nice Area, France

Provided support and guidance on tools and process to the Amadeus QA team during the migration of a large development organization (100+ Java/Eclipse developers) to ClearCase/UCM.

This work was done as a contractor.

Software Configuration Management Consultant

Thales Underwater Systems

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; HO; Defense & Space industry

May 2004July 2005 (1 year 3 months) Sophia Antipolis, France

Redesigned and implemented a unified ClearQuest bug-tracking process based on the existing practices of the organization. Migration of the existing databases to the newly defined schema.

Defined and implemented an internal web-site that published critical sw project metrics extracted from the many ClearQuest databases used by the organization.

This was done as part of the organization's efforts toward CMMI Level 2 certification.

This work was done as a contractor.

Software Services Consultant

IBM Rational Software

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; IBM; Information Technology and Services industry

July 2000April 2004 (3 years 10 months) Montreal, Canada Area

As part of the Rational Software "Professional Services" team the work involved a lot of on-site consulting at Rational current or future customers on their software development processes and ClearCase/ClearQuest consulting/mentoring.

I was a qualified instructor for ClearCase and ClearQuest (and their MultiSite functionality).

One year based in Paris (2000-2001), and three years based in Montreal (covering all of Canada, and some of the north-east U.S.)

While in Canada over 70% of my work and the trainings I delivered were done in English.

Software Configuration Management Team Lead


Public Company; 10,001+ employees; ALU; Telecommunications industry

1996July 2000 (4 years) Paris Area, France

As the manager of the software configuration management team (10 people) on a fast growing project (300+ developers by 1998) I was in charge of the definition, implementation and support of configuration management procedures: automated builds, release processes, multi-site synchronization procedures.

ClearCase administration of large scale deployments over multiple sites (up to 10). Training/mentoring of SCM teams of remote sites working with us.

Maintained the build system for multiple large scale C++ projects in a cross platform environment (UNIX/Windows).

The environment was primarily ClearCase and CVS based, on both UNIX and Windows.

Software Configuration Manager


August 19941996 (2 years) Paris Area, France

As part of the "production team" I was in charge of receiving software deliveries made by third-party companies, ensuring their integrity and proper archiving, making in-house software builds to ensure reproducibility as well as configuring and supporting controlled test environments for our validation teams. The environment was UNIX-based, with Oracle databases being used by the applications.

In early 1995 I initiated the implementation and deployment of ClearCase in the organization.

This work was done as a contractor.

Laurent Gauthier's Languages

  • French

    (Native or bilingual proficiency)
  • English

    (Native or bilingual proficiency)
  • Italian

    (Elementary proficiency)

Laurent Gauthier's Skills & Expertise

  1. ClearCase
  2. ClearQuest
  3. Software Configuration Management
  4. Testing
  5. LTE
  6. WCDMA
  7. TI DSPs
  8. Git
  9. Subversion
  10. CVS
  11. Software Engineering
  12. Release Engineering
  13. CMMI
  14. Perl
  15. UCM
  16. Digital Signal Processors
  17. Software Development
  18. Test Automation
  19. Python
  20. Shell Scripting
  21. Web Development
  22. Linux

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Laurent Gauthier's Education

Université Joseph Fourier (Grenoble I)

DEA (equiv. Masters Degree), Parallel Computing


Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Informatique et de Mathématiques Appliquées de Grenoble

Engineer, Applied Math, Parallel Computing


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