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Modern Software Stack Building for HEP

Nov 5, 2019, 2:00 PM
Riverbank R2 (Adelaide Convention Centre)

Riverbank R2

Adelaide Convention Centre

Oral Track 5 – Software Development Track 5 – Software Development


Graeme A Stewart (CERN)


High-Energy Physics has evolved a rich set of software packages that need to work harmoniously to carry out the key software tasks needed by experiments. The problem of consistently building and deploying these software packages as a coherent software stack is one that is shared across the HEP community. To that end the HEP Software Foundation Packaging Working Group has worked to identify common solutions that can be used across experiments, with an emphasis on consistent, reproducible builds and easy deployment into CVMFS or containers via CI systems. We based our approach on well identified use cases and requirements from many experiments. In this paper we summarise the work of the group in the last year and how we have explored various approaches based on package managers from industry and the scientific computing community.

We give details about a solution based on the Spack package manager which has been used to build the software required by the SuperNEMO and FCC experiments. We shall discuss changes that needed to be made to Spack to satisfy all our requirements. A layered approach to packaging with Spack, that allows build artefacts to be shared between different experiments, is described. We show how support for a build environment for software developers is provided.

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