Researchers and information technology staff from across Duke campus and the health system converged at the picturesque Telcom Building for Duke Docker Day on 11 September. Vince Batts (Red Hat, Inc.) kicked off the proceedings with a concise overview of containerization and in doing so he provided the context for the other presentations that mainly focused on specific applications and assessments of the technology. Each presentation was followed by a lively Question & Answer session.

Vincent Batts, “Containers. What Does It Mean?” [PDF]

Chris Collins, “Docker Performance Benchmarking: Bare Metal v. Hypervisor” [Github repository includes PDF of slides]

Mark McCahill, “Running RStudio in Docker” [PDFMOV (398 MB)]

Rob Carter, “Containerize All the Things: Containerizing Infrastructure for Portability, Transparency, and Reliability”  [PDF]

Erich Huang/Darin London, “Research Analysis Applications with Docker: Automate Analyses, Reuse Them, Allow Reproducibility” [slideshare.net]

We completed the event pretty much on time, and it was generally agreed that the event was eye-opening. Containers are gonna be big, and in some ways at Duke, they already are remaking information technology.