The software packaging and distribution activity and working group is getting underway to address common issues, tools, and approaches, convened by Liz Sexton-Kennedy (FNAL) and Benedikt Hegner (CERN). The activity was launched with a meeting on Feb 25 2015. All are welcome to join the forum and participate:
The aim of this working group is to foster communication and exchange among the experiments’ librarians. We identified various topics to work on. Some of them are:
We started by tackling the first item.
Software development in high energy physics follows the paradigm of open-source software (OSS). Experiments as well as the theory community heavily rely on software being developed outside of the field. Creating a consistent and working stack out of 100s of packages, on a variety of platforms is a non-trivial task. Within the field multiple technical solutions exist to configure and build those stacks. None of this work is experiment specific and our working group agrees that this effort is being duplicated.
We held various meetings to look at the existing build and packaging solutions
During these meetings we looked at the following community-driven projects
and the following open-source projects
The summary of our analysis has been summarized in a Technical note on Build Tools