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About the presenter

docker-carterIn almost 28 years with central IT at Duke, Rob Carter has held positions in end user support, management, systems administration and now, architecture. He serves as “IDSM Architect” at Duke’s Office of Information Technology. Similar to Uncle Shelby (of Uncle Shelby’s ABZ Book fame) he lives in a big house full of cats and (sometimes) eats ice cream for breakfast. Unlike Uncle Shelby, though, Rob has occasionally been to school. (Ed.: Rob is not nearly as alarming in Real Life as his “mug shot” may indicate.)

What the presentation is about

Most of the discussion at Duke Docker Day centers on, unsurprisingly, Docker. To date, Docker remains a Linux-specific solution, depending as it does on particular features of the Linux kernel. While a great deal of research computing happens in the Linux context and lends itself well to containerization with Docker, there are a number of data analysis tools as well as productivity tools that run only or most effectively under That Other Operating System from the corporates in Washington State. What about Windows, some might ask? We’ll take a look at some of the work that’s being done — partially under a CC*IIE grant from the NSF (ACI-1440588) — to make Windows platforms more accessible to researchers both locally and across institutional boundaries, and some of the existing technology that makes it possible (and potentially even feasible) to deploy on-demand access to Windows-based workstations without the distribution of clients and without the need (in some cases) to pre-install complex client software. Time permitting, we’ll touch on some of the developments Microsoft is at least claiming to have in the pipeline for actual Docker support in a future version of their OS.