Research IT are exploring the idea of building and hosting a library of virtual machine (VM) images, and container (Docker / Singularity) images with the aim of helping with a variety of common issues. These include setting up a Linux / MS Windows in a VM on your PC, problems moving a computational workflow from desktop or laptop to The CSF or to AWS / Azure or even managing R or Python modules.
Both these libraries would be available to all UoM Researchers, and their collaborators, and could include:
- Fully-supported Linux (Ubuntu LTS and CentOS / Scientific Linux) images.
- Supported VMs / containers containing common software stacks used for data science, such as R and Python, each with commonly used modules / libraries ready-loaded
- A bioinformatics image
If you think this would be of help to you in your research, let us know! Please also tell us about what else would you like to see.