Provided Software

The Anvil team provides a suite of broadly useful software for users of research computing resources. This suite of software includes compilers, debuggers, visualization libraries, development environments, and other commonly used software libraries. Additionally, some widely-used application software is provided.

ModuleTree or modtree helps users to navigate between CPU stack and GPU stack and sets up a default compiler and MPI environment. For Anvil cluster, our team makes recommendations for both CPU and GPU stack regarding the CUDA version, compiler, math library, and MPI library. This is a proven stable CUDA version, compiler, math, and MPI library combinations that are recommended if you have no specific requirements. To load the recommended set:

$ module load modtree/cpu # for CPU
$ module load modtree/gpu # for GPU

Link to section 'GCC Compiler' of 'Provided Software' GCC Compiler

The GNU Compiler (GCC) is provided via the module command on Anvil clusters and will be maintained at a common version compatible across all clusters. Third-party software built with GCC will use this GCC version, rather than the GCC provided by the operating system vendor. To see available GCC compiler versions available from the module command:

$ module avail gcc

Link to section 'Toolchain' of 'Provided Software' Toolchain

The Anvil team will build and maintain an integrated, tested, and supported toolchain of compilers, MPI libraries, data format libraries, and other common libraries. This toolchain will consist of:

  • Compiler suite (C, C++, Fortran) (Intel, GCC and AOCC)
  • MPI libraries (OpenMPI, MVAPICH, Intel MPI)
  • FFTW
  • HDF5
  • NetCDF

Each of these software packages will be combined with the stable "modtree/cpu" compiler, the latest available Intel compiler, and the common GCC compiler. The goal of these toolchains is to provide a range of compatible compiler and library suites that can be selected to build a wide variety of applications. At the same time, the number of compiler and library combinations is limited to keep the selection easy to navigate and understand. Generally, the toolchain built with the latest Intel compiler will be updated at major releases of the compiler.

Link to section 'Commonly Used Applications' of 'Provided Software' Commonly Used Applications

The Anvil team will go to every effort to provide a broadly useful set of popular software packages for research cluster users. Software packages such as Matlab, Python (Anaconda), NAMD, GROMACS, R, and others that are useful to a wide range of cluster users are provided via the module command.

Link to section 'Changes to Provided Software' of 'Provided Software' Changes to Provided Software

Changes to available software, such as the introduction of new compilers and libraries or the retirement of older toolchains, will be scheduled in advance and coordinated with system maintenances. This is done to minimize impact and provide a predictable time for changes. Advance notice of changes will be given with regular maintenance announcements and through notices printed through “module load”s. Be sure to check maintenance announcements and job output for any upcoming changes.

Link to section 'Long Term Support' of 'Provided Software' Long Term Support

The Anvil team understands the need for a stable and unchanging suite of compilers and libraries. Research projects are often tied to specific compiler versions throughout their lifetime. The Anvil team will go to every effort to provide the "modtree/cpu" or "modtree/gpu" environment and the common GCC compiler as a long-term supported environment. These suites will stay unchanged for longer periods than the toolchain built with the latest available Intel compiler.


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