Container Computing for HPC and Scientific Workflows
TimeSunday, 17 November 20191:30pm - 5pm
DescriptionContainer computing has revolutionized the way applications are developed and delivered. It offers opportunities that never existed before for significantly improving efficiency of scientific workflows and easily moving these workflows from the laptop to the supercomputer. Tools like Docker, Shifter, Singularity and Charliecloud enable a new paradigm for scientific and technical computing. However, to fully unlock its potential, users and administrators need to understand how to utilize these new approaches. This tutorial will introduce attendees to the basics of creating container images, explain best practices, and cover more advanced topics such as creating images to be run on HPC platforms using various container runtimes. The tutorial will also explain how research scientists can utilize container-based computing to accelerate their research and how these tools can boost the impact of their research by enabling better reproducibility and sharing of their scientific process without compromising security. This is an updated version of the highly successful tutorial presented at SC16, SC17, SC18. It was attended by more than 100 people each year. The 2018 tutorial was very highly rated with 2.8 / 3 stars for “would recommend” and 4.3 / 5 stars for overall quality.