Computation Made Simple

Lighten your image processing load with containers and NITRC-CE LITE!


Simplify Your Computations With Containers

Using containers, you can run tools such as FSL and Freesurfer in a container player, avoiding all the headaches of having to install and configure the tools yourself. Containers also make it easier to share and replicate your image processing pipelines and guarantee reproducibility of the results. 

Docker and Singularity are two of the most popular container players. Docker has an enormous community of support and provides a wide range of features such as GitHub integration and container orchestration. Singularity targets the use of containers in HPC environments and more native integration with GNU/Linux environments. Both Docker and Singularity have public container image repositories, called hubs, that facilitate the finding and sharing of container images.

NITRC-CE LITE was recently released and is a variation of the NITRC-CE Classic environment. NITRC-CE LITE’s focus is on running analysis using containers and comes with Docker and Singularity pre-installed plus a handful of complementary tools such as DataLad. DataLad provides a way to manage and track your experiment code as well as the data and containers it uses, consumes and produces. NITRC-CE LITE is available for install for free in the
Amazon Cloud or by downloading a NITRC-CE LITE virtual machine and running it on your local computer using VirtualBox.

- Matt Travers (NITRC Software Developer), and Yaroslav O. Halchenko (Research Associate Professor, Dartmouth College)

Initially developed to primarily support fMRI tools/resources, NITRC has proudly expanded to support a wide array of neuroimaging domains. It's simple to find the tools/resources that are relevant to your particular research questions. We are excited that NITRC-R now has over 1,100 tools/resources across all of the domains listed here, and more! Search NITRC-R >

New Datasets Bring NITRC-IR To Over 11,500 Total Subjects

The NITRC Image Repository now contains data from the Dallas Lifespan Brain Study (DLBS) and all releases from the Child Mind Institute Healthy Brain Network (HBN). DLBS will follow 350 subjects in a study of aging and cognitive function. Anatomical MR and amyloid PET data is available for Wave 1, marking the introduction of PET data into NITRC-IR. HBN Releases 5 and 6 bring the total number of HBN subjects in NITRC-IR to 1758. 

Together with the original 1000 Functional Connectomes data, ABIDE and ABIDE-II, and other data sets, NITRC-IR now offers 11,500 subjects for download in one place. Visit NITRC-IR >

Use Container Technologies With NITRC-CE LITE

It is now possible to run processing pipelines with ease using container technologies such as Docker and Singularity. The LITE version of NITRC-CE contains the tools needed to run these processing pipelines and is ideal for running BIDS Apps. The LITE environment contains the following: Docker, Singularity, DataLad, NeuroDocker, and NIPY packages. View All NITRC-CE LITE Installed Packages >
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