Using Containers on HPRC Resources (Singularity/Apptainer)


Instructor: Richard Lawrence

Time: Friday, February 10, 2023 10:00AM-12:30PM CST

Location: Blocker 220

Prerequisites: Basic LINUX/UNIX skills, Familiarity with Slurm, HPRC account. Recommended: Python skills.

Covers an overview of container features for the purpose of helping the user determine whether containers are a useful tool for their workflow. This course covers Singularity syntax, the use of container repositories, practices for working with container images, and some example use cases for containers in the HPC setting. Exercises will be performed through the command line, but other workflows such as batch and GUI will be showcased.

Course Materials

Presentation slides

The presentation slides are available as downloadable PDF files.

  • Introduction to Containers Basic (Fall 2022): PDF
  • Introduction to Containers Advanced (Fall 2022): PDF

  • Introduction to Containers on Terra Basic (Spring 2022): PDF
  • Introduction to Containers on Terra Advanced (Spring 2022): PDF


  • Overview of Containers
  • Singularity on HPRC
  • Getting a Container Image
  • Container Usage Basics
  • More Container Examples
  • Build your own Containers