ACES: Fundamentals of Containers


Instructor: Richard Lawrence

Time: Tuesday, March 19, 2024 — 10:00AM-12:30PM CT

Location: Online using Zoom

Prerequisites: Current ACCESS ID, basic Linux/Unix skills

This course introduces core concepts of containerization and covers basic and advanced containerization tasks with a focus on understanding best practices for containers on HPC systems. The course is intended to cultivate an in-depth general-purpose understanding of containers for an audience who may be unfamiliar with containers or may have previously used containers only in a specific context. Topics include building containers images, working with container repositories, and container features necessary for using containers on HPC systems. Exercises will be performed on the ACES cluster, a composable accelerator testbed at Texas A&M University, using the Charliecloud and Singularity container engines.

Course Materials

Presentation slides

The presentation slides are available as downloadable PDF files.

  • Fundamentals of Containers (Spring 2024): PDF

  • Fundamentals of Containers (Fall 2023): PDF
  • Charliecloud Tutorial Prelude (Spring 2023): PDF
  • Charliecloud Tutorial (Spring 2023): PDF


This session will address the following topics:

  • Overview of containers
  • Singularity and Charliecloud
  • Getting a container image
  • Container usage basics
  • Building and modifying containers
  • Containers for HPC