EasyBuild is a software build and installation framework written in Python that allows you to install software in a structured, repeatable and robust way.
EasyBuild is motivated by the need for a tool that allows to:
Some key properties of EasyBuild:
Our PyHPC workshop paper "EasyBuild: Building Software With Ease" that was presented at Supercomputing'2012 is available here (PDF) (slides (PDF) here).
Other (more recent) presentations are available on our wiki, see https://github.com/hpcugent/easybuild/wiki#meetings
The GitPython Python module is recommended, especially when EasyBuild is being used from a git repository.
See the EasyBuild wiki for more information on EasyBuild dependencies.
More information about installing EasyBuild, together with alternative installation methods, is available on the EasyBuild wiki.
wget --no-check-certificate https://raw.github.com/hpcugent/easybuild-framework/develop/easybuild/scripts/bootstrap_eb.py export EASYBUILD_PREFIX=/tmp python bootstrap_eb.py $EASYBUILD_PREFIX export MODULEPATH=$EASYBUILD_PREFIX/modules/all:$MODULEPATH module load EasyBuild eb --version
We strongly recommend the bootstrap installation approach. If you run into troubles when trying this, please let us know!
To see EasyBuild in action, install it and build HPL with the robot feature of EasyBuild, by running the following commands:
module load EasyBuild export EASYBUILD_PREFIX=/tmp export MODULEPATH=$EASYBUILD_PREFIX/modules/all:$MODULEPATH eb HPL-2.0-goalf-1.1.0-no-OFED.eb --robot
This loads the EasyBuild module such that the 'eb' command is available, and subsequently builds and installs HPL, after building and installing a GCC-based compiler toolchain and all of its dependencies, in the prefix specified to EasyBuild using the $EASYBUILD_PREFIX environment variable that configures the EasyBuild behavior.
The entire process should take about an hour on a recent system.
Module files will be provided in $EASYBUILD_PREFIX/modules/all, so to load the provided modules, update your MODULEPATH environment variable.
To get started, you first need to configure EasyBuild for use.
Once this is done, using EasyBuild is as simple as creating a .eb specification file, and providing it to the framework:
For command line options, see
eb -h (or --help)
EasyBuild is split up into three different packages, which are available from the Python Package Index (PyPi):
Next to these packages, a meta-package named easybuild to easily install the full EasyBuild distribution is also available on PyPi.
The source code for these packages is also available on GitHub:
You can get in contact with the EasyBuild community in different ways:
An EasyBuild mailinglist email@example.com is available to subscribe to.
This list is used by both users and developers of EasyBuild, so if you have any questions or suggestions, you can post them there.
Only members can post to this mailinglist. To request membership, see https://lists.ugent.be/wws/info/easybuild.
An IRC channel
#easybuild has been set up on the FreeNode network.
Just connect your IRC client to the
chat.freenode.net server, and join
There is an IRC bot present (
easybuilder). Just type !help to get
pointers to the available commands.
The EasyBuild team also has a Twitter feed: @easy_build.
EasyBuild is intended for use on Linux-based systems (RedHat-based, Debian, SuSE, ...). Limited support for other Unix-based operating systems (e.g. OS X) is also available.
EasyBuild is developed by the High-Performance Computing team at Ghent University together with the members of the EasyBuild community, and is made available under the GNU General Public License (GPL) version 2.
EasyBuild was created with support of Ghent University, the Flemish Supercomputer Centre (VSC), the Hercules foundation and the Department of Economy, Science and Innovation (EWI).