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Binary packages for scientific research on RHEL/CentOS
Binary packages aimed at research computing and HPC are now available
for RHEL/CentOS 6 and 7:
These are more or less static package sets with a different prefix for
each quarterly build, e.g. /sharedapps/pkg-2017Q1. This layout allows
researchers to use the same package versions for the duration of
long-term studies (this is critical in many research projects) while
newer packages can be deployed alongside them on the same system.
I also posted instructions for our pbulk setup, which uses a pristine OS
installation image in a chroot env. Many thanks to everyone who offered
advice as I was experimenting with pbulk.
I'm hoping the availability of these packages will spur a new level of
interest in pkgsrc within the research computing community. I know for
a fact that pkgsrc has enormous potential here, as I've watched many
researchers struggle with software installations for the past 17 years,
especially on enterprise Linux, which has a virtual monopoly in HPC.
With this infrastructure in place, the work of creating many new
scientific packages will now become our primary focus.
Comments and contributions are always welcome!
Earth is a beta site.
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