EESSI: A cross-platform ready-to-use optimised scientific software stack

Bob Dröge*, Victor Holanda Rusu, Kenneth Hoste, Caspar van Leeuwen, Alan O'Cais, Thomas Röblitz

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    Getting scientific software installed correctly and ensuring it performs well has been a ubiquitous problem for several decades now, which is compounded currently by the changing landscape of computational science with the (re-)emergence of different microprocessor families, and the expansion to additional scientific domains like artificial intelligence and next-generation sequencing. The European Environment for Scientific Software Installations (EESSI) project aims to provide a ready-to-use stack of scientific software installations that can be leveraged easily on a variety of platforms, ranging from personal workstations to cloud environments and supercomputer infrastructure, without making compromises with respect to performance. In this article, we provide a detailed overview of the project, highlight potential use cases, and demonstrate that the performance of the provided scientific software installations can be competitive with system-specific installations.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)176-210
    Number of pages35
    JournalSoftware - Practice and Experience
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Jan-2023


    • high-performance computing
    • scientific software
    • supercomputing

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