Using Singularity containers on Bridges

Containers are stand-alone packages holding the the software needed to create a very specific computing environment.

If you need a very specialized computing environment, you can create a container as your work space on Bridges. Currently, Singularity is the only type of container supported on  Bridges. Docker is not supported.

However, in most cases, Bridges has all the software you will need.  Before creating a container for your work, check the extensive list of software that has been installed on Bridges.   While logged in to Bridges, you can also get a list of installed packages by typing

module avail

If you need a package that is not available on Bridges, you can request that it be installed by emailing  You can also install software packages in your own file spaces and, in some cases, we can provide assistance if you encounter difficulties.

on May 17, 2019


We have installed many containers from the NVIDIA GPU Cloud for use on the V100 and P100 GPUs.  These containers have been optimized for these architectures and provide GPU-accelerated software for AI, machine learning and HPC.

See the installed containers at

See how to use Singularity on Bridges at

on May 17, 2019

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