To install singularity locally with root privelages, you can then build up containers that can be hosted online.

Setting Up A Tensorflow Container Recipe (Example):

Bootstrap: docker
From: tensorflow/tensorflow:latest-gpu
  # use bash as default shell
  export SHELL
  # runs on host - the path to the image is $SINGULARITY_ROOTFS
  # post-setup script
  # load environment variables
  . /environment
  # use bash as default shell
  echo 'SHELL=/bin/bash' >> /environment
  # make environment file executable
  chmod +x /environment
  # default mount paths
  mkdir /scratch /data 
  # load in extra packages for python
  apt-get update && apt-get -y install locales
  locale-gen en_US.UTF-8
  apt-get install -y git wget python3-dev python3-pip
  apt-get clean
  apt-get install -y libcupti-dev
  pip3 install --upgrade pip
  pip3 install keras
  pip3 install numpy scipy scikit-learn pandas tensorboard natsorted tqdm
  # executes with the singularity run command
  # delete this section to use existing docker ENTRYPOINT command
  # test that script is a success

1. Needed Docker Containers:

The best thing to do is start off with a docker container that is already prebuilt. The nice thing is that for cloud computing with tensorflow-gpu, tensorflow is maintained on docker and up to date.

Bootstrap: Docker
From: tensorflow/tensorflow:latest-gpu

Other options are:

Bootstrap: shub

2. Environment / Setup

These are commands that can be used to export variables into the environment. Then you can run setup of files/variables before running any installations.

3. Post

This is the main area where your image will install different packages and load different environment variables.

4. Run Script

This will run a script afterwards, say a scientific experiment:

python3 --args

5. Test

This will run test scripts to see that your "" did what it was supposed to do. Were files saved? Were computations correct?

Common Commands

Pulling images, shelling into the image and executing the image with a script

singularity pull

singularity shell

singularity exec

Common argument flags: * verbose mode(s): -v, -vv, -vvv * debug mode: -d * link nvidia driver & GPU: --nv * binds an existing directory onto the image: -B

Binding Nvidia GPU

An example use case that runs a tensorflow simg and runs a training script:

singularity exec --nv ./tensorflow.simg python ${traindatadir} ${testdatadir} --output_data_dir ${outputdatadir} --log_data_dir ${logdatadir} --patient_to_loo ${patient} --expname ${expname}


This allows an end-to-end HPC/scientific computation analysis that uses Docker/Singularityhub to setup your system, and then runs setup, main scripts and testing to create a consistent output.