Containers provide a self-contained environment for an application and associated dependencies using operating system level virtualization. The advantages of this approach are numerous, but most importantly this allows for the reproducibility of research workflows, portability across various HPC and Cloud platforms, and easier collaboration amongst researchers. Additionally, containers are more efficient as they typically use less CPU and memory resources compared to traditional virtual machines (VMs).
In this webinar, we will explore the use of containers using Singularity. Singularity is intended to bring the benefits of containers to the scientific and high performance computing communities as it is specifically tailored to run in HPC environments, but can also run on Cloud platforms. We will explore how to build and share containers, and demonstrate the usage of various software packages running inside containers including the Topology Toolkit (TTK).
- Venkat Mahadevan, University of British Columbia
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