[Beowulf] software for activating one of many programs but not the others?

Lance Wilson lance.wilson at monash.edu
Tue Aug 20 14:25:31 PDT 2019

Dear All,
We are doing a hybrid of modules and containers (singularity) with modules
where they make sense. There are quite a few packages that are very
difficult to build on Centos/RHEL and for those we use Singularity, with a
modules wrapper. This means for our user communities we train them to use
modules in their job submission scripts and they have a consistent
process.For the advanced users they learn to either compile their own in
their own folders or to bring singularity containers with everything in

If you look at most HPC systems they use modules so definitely have a go
with them. Personally I'd suggest lmod as TCL is not something very many
people are familiar with and their documentation is pretty ordinary if you
can even find it.


Dr Lance Wilson
Characterisation Virtual Laboratory (CVL) Coordinator &
Senior HPC Consultant
Ph: 03 99055942 (+61 3 99055942)
Mobile: 0437414123 (+61 4 3741 4123)
Multi-modal Australian ScienceS Imaging and Visualisation Environment
Monash University

On Wed, 21 Aug 2019 at 06:56, Jörg Saßmannshausen <
sassy-work at sassy.formativ.net> wrote:

> Dear all,
> we are using Easybuild at the Crick and for us it is working well. We got
> the
> flexibility we need, it is all compiled from source and if you want to use
> a
> different compiler, just use a different tool chain. This and the
> flexibility
> of lmod are really good. This also means we can maintain a central
> software
> stack without too many issues.
> The only time we are using anaconda is when there are python software is
> involved and it is too difficult for us to build.
> My two pennies from Little Britain!
> Jörg
> Am Dienstag, 20. August 2019, 10:45:52 BST schrieb Christopher Samuel:
> > On 8/20/19 10:40 AM, Alex Chekholko via Beowulf wrote:
> > > Other examples include RPM or EasyBuild+Lmod or less common tools like
> > > Singularity or Snap/Snappy or Flatpak.
> >
> > +1 for Easybuild from me.
> >
> > https://easybuilders.github.io/easybuild/
> >
> > There's also Spack (I really don't like the name, it's too close to a
> > really offensive term for people with disabilities from the UK when I
> > was in school) here:
> >
> > https://spack.io/
> >
> > I've not used it but I hear it's pretty good.
> >
> > All the best,
> > Chris
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