Charliecloud

Reid Priedhorsky, Tim Randles
2017 Proceedings of the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis on - SC '17  
Supercomputing centers are seeing increasing demand for userdefined software stacks (UDSS), instead of or in addition to the stack provided by the center. These UDSS support user needs such as complex dependencies or build requirements, externally required configurations, portability, and consistency. The challenge for centers is to provide these services in a usable manner while minimizing the risks: security, support burden, missing functionality, and performance. We present Charliecloud,
more » ... t Charliecloud, which uses the Linux user and mount namespaces to run industry-standard Docker containers with no privileged operations or daemons on center resources. Our simple approach avoids most security risks while maintaining access to the performance and functionality already on offer, doing so in just 800 lines of code. Charliecloud promises to bring an industry-standard UDSS user workflow to existing, minimally altered HPC resources.
doi:10.1145/3126908.3126925 dblp:conf/sc/PriedhorskyR17 fatcat:bhool2brwzco5jekjzrcjytaji