Glotzerlab software images

glotzerlab-software is a set of container images that provide software developed by the Glotzer group at the University of Michigan along with related software commonly used in simulation and data analysis workflows. An image bundles these tools into a single file which can be copied, moved, shared with others, and published to provide a completely reproducible workflow. A host system provides the resources to execute software inside containers. Singularity provides a high performance solution, supporting NVIDIA GPUs and MPI parallel execution. Singularity is available on most HPC resources. You can install it on your linux system if you have root access.

Quick start

First, download the glotzerlab/software image:

$ curl -o software.simg


On HPC clusters, download the cluster specific image. See HPC clusters for details.

singularity exec executes software from inside the container:

$ singularity exec software.simg python3 --version
Python 3.5.2

Add the --nv option to enable NVIDIA GPUs inside the container:

$ singularity exec --nv software.simg nvidia-smi
Thu Sep 13 16:49:15 2018
| NVIDIA-SMI 396.54                 Driver Version: 396.54                    |
| GPU  Name        Persistence-M| Bus-Id        Disp.A | Volatile Uncorr. ECC |
| Fan  Temp  Perf  Pwr:Usage/Cap|         Memory-Usage | GPU-Util  Compute M. |
|   0  Quadro GP100        Off  | 00000000:03:00.0 Off |                  Off |
| 33%   50C    P0    37W / 235W |      2MiB / 16278MiB |      0%      Default |

singularity shell launches an interactive shell:

$ singularity shell --nv software.simg
Singularity: Invoking an interactive shell within container...

Singularity software.simg:~> python3
Python 3.5.2 (default, Nov 23 2017, 16:37:01)
[GCC 5.4.0 20160609] on linux
Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.
>>> import hoomd
>>> import freud
>>> import signac
>>> hoomd.context.initialize()
Compiled: 09/12/18
Copyright 2009-2018 The Regents of the University of Michigan.
HOOMD-blue is running on the following GPU(s):
 [0]          Quadro GP100  56 SM_6.0 @ 1.44 GHz, 16278 MiB DRAM

glotzerlab-software updates monthly with the latest versions of included software. Download the latest image to update:

$ curl -o software.simg

See also

See the Singularity documentation for more information on singularity commands.