Overcoming Challenges to Continuous Integration in HPC

Todd Gamblin, Daniel S. Katz, Jeffrey Carver, Karla Morris

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Continuous integration (CI) has become a ubiquitous practice in modern software development, with major code hosting services offering free automation on popular platforms. CI offers major benefits, as it enables detecting bugs in code prior to committing changes. While high-performance computing (HPC) research relies heavily on software, HPC machines are not considered - commonâ? platforms. This presents several challenges that hinder the adoption of CI in HPC environments, making it difficult to maintain bug-free HPC projects, and resulting in adverse effects on the research community. In this article, we explore the challenges that impede HPC CI, such as hardware diversity, security, isolation, administrative policies, and nonstandard authentication, environments, and job submission mechanisms. We propose several solutions that could enhance the quality of HPC software and the experience of developers. Implementing these solutions would require significant changes at HPC centers, but if these changes are made, it would ultimately enable faster and better science.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)54-59
Number of pages6
JournalComputing in Science and Engineering
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science
  • General Engineering


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