We have sung the praises of software containerization for some time now, with a couple of well attended events on Docker. Since that time, containerization has become de rigueur in Duke’s enterprise computing environments and is making strides in research and instructional computing, too.

But as a research tool, containerization still has a ways to go. The people doing Real Research have to know about it, feel comfortable with it, and adopt it.

On September 7, 2017, Duke Research Computing is sponsoring a workshop “Gitlab-CI and Singularity — Hands-on workshop for containerizing research software” that includes instruction on key tools for creating and managing software for use on the Duke Compute Cluster and anywhere else that supports “Singularity” containers. The second half of the workshop will be devoted to hands-on experience using the system and building containers.

The Duke Compute Cluster already supports Singularity containers for software, and this workshop will broaden adoption of the technology.

See the course description and pre-requisites. Registration is required (and lunch is provided).