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Beobench is a toolkit providing easy and unified access to building control environments for reinforcement learning (RL).

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A toolkit providing easy and unified access to building control environments for reinforcement learning (RL). Compared to other domains, RL environments for building control tend to be more difficult to install and handle. Most environments require the user to either manually install a building simulator (e.g. EnergyPlus) or to manually manage Docker containers. This can be tedious.

Beobench was created to make building control environments easier to use and experiments more reproducible. Beobench uses Docker to manage all environment dependencies in the background so that the user doesn’t have to. A standardised API allows the user to easily configure experiments and evaluate new RL agents on building control environments.

For more information go to the documentation and the GitHub code repository.


0.5.4 (2023-01-16)

  • Fixes:

    • Ensure agent script stdout is shown (e.g. log statements and so on) by replacing check_output call with check_call. This fixes #99 raised by @XkunW (Thanks!).

  • Other:

    • Add note on maintenance status of project to main readme and docs. Beobench is only receiving minor maintenance updates at this point. Therefore, Beobench may also no longer support the latest versions of the integrated building simulation tools. If you would like to use the latest versions of these tools, it is recommended to use them directly without Beobench.

0.5.3 (2022-11-18)

  • Features:

    • Add support for installing agent script’s requirements via requirements file (#71).

  • Improvements

    • Add support for dry running beobench run with --dry-run flag. This aims to help with testing and debugging.

    • Add explicit warning for windows users with recommended fixes (i.e. using WSL instead).

  • Fixes:

    • Fix Sinergym data ranges in Sinergym experiment container definition in beobench_contrib (#96). Fix by @XkunW, thanks!

    • Remove default normalisation with Sinergym (as this may fail with newer Sinergym versions as pointed out by @kad99kev (thanks!)).

    • Pin the version of sinergym to the currently latest version to avoid future issues (v2.1.2).

    • Change the way Beobench is installed inside experiment containers. Previously this was done using conditional logic inside Dockerfiles. Now the logic is done in Python, with two different dockerfiles for local and pypi installations. This enables the use of non-buildx in the construction of Beobench experiment containers. Credit and thanks to @HYDesmondLiu and @david-woelfle for finding and sharing the underlying error.

    • Fix #90 by removing access to env config before env_creator script. Thanks to @HYDesmondLiu, who first flagged this bug in #82.

    • If one of the Beobench scheduler subprocesses fails (e.g. docker run) the main process now fails as well.

0.5.2 (2022-07-01)

  • Known issues

    • This release breaks the experiment build process for most machines. Thus, this release was yanked on pypi and is not installed unless specifically pinned to. See #82 for more details.

  • Improvements:

    • Add more informative error when there are issues with access to Docker from Beobench.

  • Fixes:

    • Revert default build command to docker build from docker buildx build. Only arm64 machines use buildx now. This aims to enable usage of older docker versions such as v19.03 on non-arm64 machines. Arm64 machines require buildx and thus also newer docker versions.

    • Fix wrong env name in logging output. Removes unused default env name var and fix logging output to use new env name location.

0.5.1 (2022-06-28)

  • Features:

    • Add pretty logging based on loguru package. Now all Beobench output is clearly marked as such.

  • Improvements:

    • Enable adding wrapper without setting config.

    • Add demo.yaml simple example config.

  • Fixes:

    • Update Sinergym integration to latest Sinergym version.

0.5.0 (2022-05-26)

  • Features:

    • Mean and cummulative metrics can now be logged by WandbLogger wrapper.

    • Support for automatically running multiple samples/trials of same experiment via num_samples config parameter.

    • Configs named .beobench.yml will be automatically parsed when Beobench is run in directory containing such a config. This allows users to set e.g. wandb API keys without referring to the config in every Beobench command call.

    • Configs from experiments now specify the Beobench version used. When trying to rerun an experiment this version will be checked, and an error thrown if there is a mismatch between installed and requested version.

    • Add improved high-level API for getting started. This uses the CLI arguments --method, --gym and --env. Example usage: beobench run --method ppo --gym sinergym --env Eplus-5Zone-hot-continuous-v1 (#55).

  • Improvements:

    • Add CITATION.cff file to make citing software easier.

    • By default, docker builds of experiment images are now skipped if an image with tag corresponding to installed Beobench version already exists.

    • Remove outdated guides and add yaml configuration description from docs (#38, #76, #78).

    • Add support for logging multidimensional actions to wandb.

    • Add support for logging summary metrics on every env reset to wandb.

    • Energym config now uses name argument like other integrations (#34).

  • Fixes:

    • Updated BOPTEST integration to work with current version of Beobench.

0.4.4 (2022-05-09)

  • Features:

    • Add general support for wrappers. (#28)

  • Improvements:

    • Make dev beobench build part of image build process for improved speed.

    • Add number of environment steps (env_step) to wandb logging.

    • Update logo to new version (#48)

    • Update docs and main readme to include more useful quickstart guide, which includes a custom agent (#47)

  • Fixes:

    • Enable automatic episode data logging in RLlib integration for long training periods.

    • Update broken links in main readme env list (#40)

0.4.3 (2022-04-12)

  • Feature: enable easy access to standard configs via util method

  • Feature: add non-normalised observations to info in energym integration (#62)

  • Feature: enable logging full episode data from RLlib and adding this data to wandb (#62)

  • Feature: ship integrations with package improving image build times (#44)

  • Feature: add wandb logging support for random agent script (#59)

  • Feature: add rule-based agent script based on energym controller (#60)

  • Fix: add importlib-resources backport package to requirements

  • Fix: allow users to disable reset() method in energym envs (#43)

  • Aux: add automatic deployment of PyPI package via GitHub actions (#50)

  • Aux: add tests and automatic checks on PRs (#25)

0.4.2 (2022-04-04)

  • Feature: defining all relevant options/kwargs of CLI an API is now supported yaml files (#54)

  • Feature: allow multiple configs to be given to both CLI (giving multiple -c options) and Python API (as a list) (#51)

  • Fix: adapted Energym env reset() method to avoid triggering long warm-up times with additional simulation runs (#43)

  • Fix: enable container build even if prior build failed midway and left artifacts

0.4.1 (2022-03-30)

  • Feature: enable package extras to be given in development mode

  • Feature: add support for arm64/aarch64-based development by forcing experiment containers to run as amd64 containers on those systems (#32)

  • Fix: add gym to extended package requirements

0.4.0 (2022-03-28)

  • Make dependencies that are only used inside experiment/gym containers optional (for all dependencies install via pip install beobench[extended])

  • Add two part experiment image build process so that there is shared beobench installation dockerfile

  • Add support for yaml config files (!)

  • Overhaul of documentation, including new envs page and new theme

  • Enable RLlib free experiment containers when not required

  • Add beobench_contrib as submodule

  • Simplify Pypi readme file

  • Remove GPU requirement for devcontainer

0.3.0 (2022-02-14)

  • Add complete redesign of CLI: main command changed from python -m beobench.experiment.scheduler to beobench run.

  • Add support for energym environments

  • Add support for MLflow experiment tracking

  • Add support for custom agents

0.2.1 (2022-02-03)

  • Add integration with sinergym

  • Move gym integrations to separate beobench_contrib repo

  • Make usage of GPUs in containers optional

0.2.0 (2022-01-18)

  • Enable adding custom environments to beobench with docker build context-based syntax

  • Save experiment results on host machine

  • Major improvements to documentation

  • Remove unnecessary wandb arguments in main CLI

0.1.0 (2022-01-10)

  • First release on PyPI.

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