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Users are welcome and encouraged to use containers to run their software on NERSC systems. To facilitate this, NERSC provides various container technologies.


podman-hpc, an adaptation of Podman for HPC use-cases, is available on Perlmutter and offers several advantages over the Shifter tool.


Shifter is a NERSC-developed tool which allows users to run images on NERSC systems such as Perlmutter.

NERSC offers a private image registry where users can store images. We offer information about and best practices for using the registry.