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Workflow
workflow management systems useful for scientific research

This task lists some packages providing workflow management systems useful for scientific research.

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Official Debian packages with high relevance

Coop-computing-tools
cooperative computing tools
Maintainer: Alastair McKinstry
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This is a collection of software that help users to share resources in a complex, heterogeneous, and unreliable computing environment. This includes:

  • Chirp: A personal filesystem and I/O protocol that allows unprivileged users to share space securely, efficiently, and conveniently. When combined with Parrot, Chirp allows users to create custom wide-area distributed filesystems.
  • Parrot: A transparent user-level virtual filesystem that allows any ordinary program to be attached to a remote storage device such as an FTP server or a Chirp server.
  • Makeflow: A workflow system for parallel and distributed computing that uses a language very similar to Make.
  • Work Queue: A system and API for building master-worker style programs that scale up to thousands of processors.
  • All Pairs: A computational abstraction for running very large Cartesian products.
  • Wavefront: A computational abstraction for running very large dynamic programming problems.
  • The Fault Tolerant Shell: A high-level programming language that allows users to combine the ease of shell scripting, the power of distributed programming, and the precision of compiled languages. Basically, parallel programming and exception handling for scripts.
Cwltool
Common Workflow Language reference implementation
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This is the reference implementation of the Common Workflow Language standards.

The CWL open standards are for describing analysis workflows and tools in a way that makes them portable and scalable across a variety of software and hardware environments, from workstations to cluster, cloud, and high performance computing (HPC) environments. CWL is designed to meet the needs of data-intensive science, such as Bioinformatics, Medical Imaging, Astronomy, Physics, and Chemistry.

The CWL reference implementation (cwltool) is intended to be feature complete and to provide comprehensive validation of CWL files as well as provide other tools related to working with CWL descriptions.

Please cite: Peter Amstutz, Michael R. Crusoe, Nebojša Tijanić, Brad Chapman, John Chilton, Michael Heuer, Andrey Kartashov, Dan Leehr, Hervé Ménager, Maya Nedeljkovich, Matt Scales, Stian Soiland-Reyes and Luka Stojanovic: Common Workflow Language, v1.0. (2016)
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Gearman
Distributed job queue
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Gearman is a system to farm out work to other machines, dispatching function calls to machines that are better suited to do work, to do work in parallel, to load balance lots of function calls, or to call functions between languages.

This package is an empty package that depends on both the client and the server.

Gearman-tools
Tools for the Gearman distributed job queue
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Gearman is a system to farm out work to other machines, dispatching function calls to machines that are better suited to do work, to do work in parallel, to load balance lots of function calls, or to call functions between languages.

This package contains some command line tools for manipulating gearman jobs.

Make
utility for directing compilation
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GNU Make is a utility which controls the generation of executables and other target files of a program from the program's source files. It determines automatically which pieces of a large program need to be (re)created, and issues the commands to (re)create them. Make can be used to organize any task in which targets (files) are to be automatically updated based on input files whenever the corresponding input is newer --- it is not limited to building computer programs. Indeed, Make is a general purpose dependency solver.

The package is enhanced by the following packages: make-doc
Pegasus-wms
Scientific workflow management system for HTCondor
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The Pegasus project encompasses a set of technologies the help workflow-based applications execute in a number of different environments including desktops, campus clusters, grids, and now clouds. Scientific workflows allow users to easily express multi-step computations, for example retrieve data from a database, reformat the data, and run an analysis. Once an application is formalized as a workflow the Pegasus Workflow Management Service can map it onto available compute resources and execute the steps in appropriate order.

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Python-nipype
Neuroimaging data analysis pipelines in Python
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Nipype interfaces Python to other neuroimaging packages and creates an API for specifying a full analysis pipeline in Python. Currently, it has interfaces for SPM, FSL, AFNI, Freesurfer, but could be extended for other packages (such as lipsia).

Please cite: SS Ghosh, C Burns, D Clark, K Gorgolewski, YO Halchenko, C Madison, R Tungaraza and KJ Millman: Nipype: Opensource platform for unified and replicable interaction with existing neuroimaging tools (eprint) 16th Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping :106 (2010)
Snakemake
pythonic workflow management system
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Build systems like GNU Make are frequently used to create complicated workflows, e.g. in bioinformatics. This project aims to reduce the complexity of creating workflows by providing a clean and modern domain specific language (DSL) in Python style, together with a fast and comfortable execution environment.

Please cite: Johannes Köster and Sven Rahmann: Snakemake-a scalable bioinformatics workflow engine. Bioinformatics (2012)
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Toil
cross-platform workflow engine
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Toil is a scalable, efficient, cross-platform and easy-to-use workflow engine in pure Python. It works with several well established load balancers like Slurm or the Sun Grid Engine. Toil is also compatible with the Common Workflow Language (CWL) via the "toil-cwl-runner" interface, which this package make available via the Debian alternativess system under the alias "cwl-runner".

Please cite: John Vivian, Arjun Arkal Rao, Frank Austin Nothaft, Christopher Ketchum, Joel Armstrong, Adam Novak, Jacob Pfeil, Jake Narkizian Alden D. Deran, Audrey Musselman-Brown, Hannes Schmidt, Peter Amstutz, Brian Craft, Mary Goldman, Kate Rosenbloom, Melissa Cline, Brian O'Connor, Megan Hanna, Chet Birger, W. James Kent David A. Patterson, Anthony D. Joseph, Jingchun Zhu, Sasha Zaranek, Gad Getz, David Haussler and Benedict Paten: Toil enables reproducible, open source, big biomedical data analyses. Nature Biotechnology 35(4):314–316 (2017)
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Official Debian packages with lower relevance

Libbenchmark-tools
Microbenchmark support library, tools and documentation
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Library to support the benchmarking of functions, similar to unit-tests.

This package contains tools and documentation.

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