In this RCE Podcast, Brock Palen and Jeff Squyres discuss the Spack package management tool with Todd Gamblin from Lawrence Livermore. Spack is designed to support multiple versions and configurations of software on a wide variety of platforms and environments. It was designed for large supercomputing centers, where many users and application teams share common installations of software on clusters with exotic architectures, using libraries that do not have a standard ABI. Spack is non-destructive: installing a new version does not break existing installations, so many configurations can coexist on the same system.
Todd Gamblin is a computer scientist in the Center for Applied Scientific Computing at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. His research focuses on scalable tools for measuring, analyzing, and visualizing performance data from massively parallel applications. Todd is also involved with many production projects at LLNL. He works with Livermore Computing’s Development Environment Group to build tools that allow users to deploy, run, debug, and optimize their software for machines with million-way concurrency.