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Ep 16 - Jason McDonald - Containerization In High-Performance Computing

Nov 15, 2022

Challenges Of Containerization In High-Performance Computing

Can High-Performance Computing (HPC) be containerized effectively?

Containerized workflows are attractive to the research community for many reasons, but when it comes to classic HPC environments, there are many hurdles to overcome.

In today’s episode, Jason Mcdonald, DevOps Team Lead at Harvard Medical School, talks to our host Elias about some of these challenges, his team’s approach, and why he believes Security should be an integral part of DevOps.

What's in it for you:

  1. The IT challenges of modern biomedical research
  2. The pros and cons of containerized workflows for research communities
  3. Why Jason’s team integrates Security with DevOps
  4. The latest open-source projects tackling the unique challenges of HPC environments


About Jason

Jason is DevOps Team Lead/ Engineer with nearly 20 years administration experience. He's mostly interested in large system development and deployment. The first time Jason ever broke an operating system, was when he tried to use Windows 95 at the age of 15, by thrashing a whole bunch of erroneous files that didn't seem to make sense.

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About Harvard Medical School

Harvard Medical School is a medical education and scientific research institution focused on education, research, clinical care and service. With its vast reservoir of talent, extensive network of affiliates and commitment to problem solving, Harvard Medical School is uniquely positioned to steer education and research in directions that will benefit local, national and global communities.



About the host

Elias is responsible for the North American business at tribe29. He comes from a strategy consulting background, but has been an entrepreneur for the better part of the last 10 years. In his spare time, he likes to do triathlon.

Get in touch with Elias via LinkedIn or email: 



Music by Ströme, used by permission 

‚Panta Rhei‘ written by Mario Schoenhofer 

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