Software Packaging

The IDEAS Productivity project, in partnership with the DOE Computing Facilities of the ALCF, OLCF, and NERSC, and the DOE Exascale Computing Project (ECP), organizes the webinar series on Best Practices for HPC Software Developers.

As part of this series, we offer one-hour webinars on topics in scientific software development and high-performance computing, approximately once a month. The September webinar is titled Software Packaging; and will be presented by David Rogers (Oak Ridge National Laboratory). The webinar will take place on Wednesday, September 7, 2022 at 1:00 pm ET.


The ability to “import” a package is the critical enabling technology for software re-use. As a package developer, there are a variety of standards and tools we can adopt to make importing our work easier for our users. This webinar surveys packaging technologies and ideas popular in scientific software (C++, python, and Fortran with autoconf, cmake, python builds, spack, and containers). Good re-usability is a product of thoughtful program structure, build process, version control, and testing. By examining some real-world examples, we show how these steps build on each other in “live” projects to make easy connections between software deployment and package use.