Perl is installed on the operating system of each node and is currently at 5.16.3:
[netid@compute_hostname ~]$ perl --version
This is perl 5, version 16, subversion 3 (v5.16.3) built for x86_64-linux-thread-multi
(with 44 registered patches, see perl -V for more detail)
We provide a version of perl through modules or the operating system and the user is expected to create their own perl environment using perl-virtualenv.
For a helpful Perl tutorial, see: http://www.tutorialspoint.com/perl/perl_modules.htm Additionally, O'Reilly Media is a well regarded source for Perl
One of the best things about Perl is the number of packages provided by the user community. Installing packages generally requires root access but that is not a viable solution in the HPC environment.
An easy solution is to use perl-virtualenv to create a consistent personal Perl environment that will persist for each time you log in.
[netid@i0n1 ~]$ perl-virtualenv my_project # Create virtual environment
perl path: /usr/bin/perl
venv path: /home/uxx/netid/my_project
[netid@i0n1 ~]$ source my_project/bin/activate # Activate virtual environment
(my_project)[netid@i0n1 ~]$ cpanm -i Config::Trivial
--> Working on Config::Trivial
Fetching http://www.cpan.org/authors/id/A/AT/ATRICKETT/Config-Trivial-0.81.tar.gz ... OK
Configuring Config-Trivial-0.81 ... OK
4 distributions installed