Researchers: Do you use idle computer labs as your cluster?

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  • enroot

    A simple yet powerful tool to turn traditional container/OS images into unprivileged sandboxes.

    NVIDIA Enroot A lighter weight alternative to Singularity which solves a lot of issues in regards to user namespaces and subuid/subgid. Still evaluating.

  • Squid

    Squid Web Proxy Cache

    Squid Cache This is a cache/proxy server you can put in different network locations to reduce bandwidth between building or to the internet. Really useful for speeding up CVMFS.

  • Scout APM

    Less time debugging, more time building. Scout APM allows you to find and fix performance issues with no hassle. Now with error monitoring and external services monitoring, Scout is a developer's best friend when it comes to application development.

  • podman

    Podman: A tool for managing OCI containers and pods.

    Podman This is what we use in the Linux labs to spin up a container with our Compute Node software. I haven't found a good way to replicate the Windows workflow for stopping/starting but for now use a shell script that polls that state of the system extremely frequently. This container really only consists of CVMFS and HTConder. If you want to double down you can also use this container on the Windows VMs to pull the latest version of this image at every boot.

NOTE: The number of mentions on this list indicates mentions on common posts plus user suggested alternatives. Hence, a higher number means a more popular project.

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