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FireWorks workflow software

Project description

FireWorks allows you to define calculation workflows and execute them on remote computers, usually through a queueing system. Workflows are stored in a centralized database, and jobs are pulled from the database by registered computers.


Unique features of FireWorks include:

  • Dynamic workflows that react to results programmatically. A job can be automatically restarted, modified, or cancelled in case of error or other condition. Entire workflows can be changed automatically based on calculation results.

  • Distribute calculations over multiple computing resources simultaneously.

  • Automated duplicate workflow detection

  • Plug-and-play on several large supercomputing clusters and queueing systems (future)

  • Web-based monitoring of workflows (future)


FireWorks is intended for applications where realtime performance of the workflow software is not a big issue. For example, if you require steps in a workflow to execute within a few seconds of one another, FireWorks might not be for you. In addition, FireWorks is a centralized workflow system.


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Technical Issues


  • Use pip-install

  • run python nosetests

Setup on clusters / Tutorial (Future)

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  1. Create a subclass of QueueAdapter that handles queue issues - an example is PBSAdapterNersc

  2. Create an appropriate JobParameters file for your cluster - an example is provided.

  3. Try running on your cluster with a test job config. See if it prints ‘howdy, you won’ or whatever.

  4. Try changing the executable to be the Rocket. See if it grabs a job properly…

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