Computational Environments

Your tale’s computational environment is a Docker image that is automatically built based on the combination of the selected interactive environment and any specified software dependencies. The interactive environment is selected during tale creation and can be changed on the Metadata page. Whole Tale currenty supports a number of popular interactive environments including JupyterLab, RStudio, MATLAB, and STATA.

You can customize these environments by adding your own packages based on repo2docker compatible configuration files. Read more about customizing the environment.

What is Docker?

Docker is a popular virtualization (“container”) platform that has been widely adopted for the packaging, distribution, and deployment of software – including research software. Whole Tale creates Docker images on your behalf that capture the operating system and software versions used to execute your computational workflow. These images are stored in our container image regsitry.