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Spin

Overview

Spin is a container-based platform* at NERSC designed for you to deploy your own science gateways, workflow managers, databases, API endpoints, and other network services to support your scientific projects. Services in Spin are built with Docker containers and can easily access NERSC systems and storage.

Documentation

The NERSC docs site has a section dedicated to Spin that is being actively developed.

Training materials from the SpinUp workshops are also available below.

Spin Office Hours

All active Spin users are welcome to make an appointment for hands-on help deploying or troubleshooting their apps in Spin.

Appointments can currently be scheduled during Spin Office Hours every Friday 10:00a - 12:00p Pacific time. Sessions are held over Zoom.

After scheduling, you will receive an email confirmation with further instructions.

Self-Guided SpinUp for Current Users

This do-it-yourself program is designed for those who have already attended a workshop using Rancher 1 and want to deploy new or existing services in Rancher 2.

Participants will follow interactive exercises in a self-paced module and may access regular Spin Office Hours sessions with NERSC staff.

Download the self-paced module now to see the topics covered.

Submit a ticket now indicating your NERSC project(s) to get access to the Spin Rancher 2 instance.

Users must have previously attended a SpinUp workshop for access.

SpinUp Workshop for New Users

New to Spin? Attend the SpinUp Workshop to learn how to build your own services!

This instructor-led workshop is designed for those new to Spin or wanting a thorough refresher. It includes two sessions: 1) a seminar with interactive exercises and 2) an unstructured hack-a-thon. Participants will learn about the Spin platform by deploying a simple service in the first session, then work in small groups to try projects of their own in the second. Instruction will also cover basic maintenance and troubleshooting.

Users must have an active NERSC account and attend a workshop for access to Spin.

A basic understanding of Docker technology is recommended.

Both local and remote participants are welcome, but during the COVID-19 pandemic, all workshops are conducted over Zoom.

Download the workshop materials now to see the topics covered.

Apply now to attend one of the workshops listed belowAll times are Pacific.

Scheduled Workshops

April

  • Location: Lawrence Berkeley Lab, Berkeley, CA
  • Seminar: Wed Apr 20, 2022, 9:00a - 12:00p
  • Hack-a-thon; choose either
    • Option A: Wed Apr 27, 2022, 9:00a - 12:00p
    • Option B: Thu Apr 28, 2022, 1:00p - 4:00p

June

  • Location: Lawrence Berkeley Lab, Berkeley, CA
  • Seminar: Wed Jun 22, 2022, 9:00a - 12:00p
  • Hack-a-thon; choose either
    • Option A: Wed Jun 29, 2022, 9:00a - 12:00p
    • Option B: Thu Jun 30, 2022, 1:00p - 4:00p

August

  • Location: Lawrence Berkeley Lab, Berkeley, CA
  • Seminar: Wed Aug 10, 2022, 9:00a - 12:00p
  • Hack-a-thon; choose either
    • Option A: Wed Aug 17, 2022, 9:00a - 12:00p
    • Option B: Thu Aug 18, 2022, 1:00p - 4:00p

October

  • Location: Lawrence Berkeley Lab, Berkeley, CA
  • Seminar: Wed Oct 5, 2022, 9:00a - 12:00p
  • Hack-a-thon; choose either
    • Option A: Wed Oct 12, 2022, 9:00a - 12:00p
    • Option B: Thu Oct 13, 2022, 1:00p - 4:00p

November

  • Location: Lawrence Berkeley Lab, Berkeley, CA
  • Seminar: Wed Nov 30, 2022, 9:00a - 12:00p
  • Hack-a-thon; choose either
    • Option A: Wed Dec 7, 2022, 9:00a - 12:00p
    • Option B: Thu Dec 8, 2022, 1:00p - 4:00p

* In cloud terms, a "Containers-as-a-Service (CaaS)" platform.

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