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Repository for participants of the "Containers for HPC" training

Singularity can be viewed as the Docker for HPC, i.e., a Singularity image contains all the operating system/software components for your application and can be deployed and run on HPC infrastructure, as well as on your own laptop, and even in the cloud.

An additional advantage of Singularity containers is that they can help you create a software environment that is stable over long periods of time, which helps reproduce results in the future.

Learning outcomes

When you complete this training you will be able to


Total duration: 3 hours.

Subject Duration
introduction and motivation 15 min.
Singularity definition files 75 min.
coffee break 15 min.
Singularity & parallel applications 15 min.
Singularity & services 20 min.
hands-on 30 min.
wrap up 10 min.

Training materials

Slides are available in the GitHub repository, as well as example Singularity definition files.

Target audience

This training is for you if you have some non-trivial workflows on HPC systems, or reproducibility requirements.


You will need to be comfortable using Linux and the HPC environment. If necessary, attend the appropriate training sessions on those subjects.