Tutorial: Spack 101

This is an introduction to Spack with lectures and live demos. It was last presented at the ACM-REP 2024 Conference, June 18, 2024. The event was a half-day tutorial.

You can use these materials to teach a course on Spack at your own site, or you can just skip ahead and read the live demo scripts to see how Spack is used in practice.

Slides

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Full citation: Todd Gamblin, Gregory Becker, Massimiliano Culpo, Adam Stewart, and Harmen Stoppels. Managing HPC Software Complexity with Spack. ACM-REP 2024, Rennes, France. June 18, 2024.

Video

For the last video of a Spack tutorial like this one, see the AWS/RADIUSS 2023 version

Live Demos

We provide scripts that take you step-by-step through basic Spack tasks. They correspond to sections in the slides above.

To run through the scripts, we provide the spack/tutorial container image. You can invoke

$ docker pull ghcr.io/spack/tutorial:isc24
$ docker run -it ghcr.io/spack/tutorial:isc24

to start using the container. You should now be ready to run through our demo scripts:

Other sections from past tutorials are also available, although they may not be kept up-to-date as frequently:

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