Expanse Webinar: An Introduction to Singularity: Containers for Scientific and High-Performance Computing

Thursday, January 21, 2021

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM PST

This event will be held remotely.

Singularity is an open-source container engine designed to bring operating system-level virtualization (containerization) to scientific and high-performance computing. With Singularity you can package complex scientific workflows --- software applications, libraries, and data --- in a simple, portable, and reproducible way, which can then be run almost anywhere. Once you've created your container, you can run it on the workstation in your lab, on a virtual machine in the public cloud, or on hundreds of thousands of compute cores on the world's largest supercomputers. Singularity is all about the  mobility of compute."

In this webinar, we'll provide an overview of Singularity and how you might incorporate the use of containers in your own research. We'll also show you how to access and use some of the containerized applications that we make available to users on XSEDE systems like Comet and Expanse at SDSC.


Marty Kandes, Ph.D.

Computational & Data Science Research Specialist, SDSC

Marty Kandes is a Computational and Data Science Research Specialist in the High-Performance Computing User Services Group at SDSC. He currently helps manage user support for Comet and Expanse — SDSC’s two NSF-funded supercomputers --- and maintains all of the Singularity containers supported on these systems.