14-18 October 2013
Amsterdam, Beurs van Berlage
Europe/Amsterdam timezone

ATLAS Job Transforms: A Data Driven Workflow Engine

15 Oct 2013, 16:29
Keurzaal (Amsterdam, Beurs van Berlage)


Amsterdam, Beurs van Berlage

Oral presentation to parallel session Distributed Processing and Data Handling B: Experiment Data Processing, Data Handling and Computing Models Distributed Processing and Data Handling B: Experiment Data Processing, Data Handling and Computing Models


Graeme Andrew Stewart (CERN)


The need to run complex workflows for a high energy physics experiment such as ATLAS has always been present. However, as computing resources have become even more constrained, compared to the wealth of data generated by the LHC, the need to use resources efficiently and manage complex workflows within a single grid job have increased. In ATLAS, a new Job Transform framework has been developed that we describe in this paper. This framework manages the multiple execution steps needed to 'transform' one data type into another (e.g., RAW data to ESD to AOD to final ntuple) and also provides a consistent interface for the ATLAS production system. The new framework uses a data driven workflow definition which is both easy to manage and powerful. After a transform is defined, jobs are expressed simply by specifying the input data and the desired output data. The transform infrastructure then executes only the necessary substeps to produce the final data products. The global execution cost of running the job is minimised and the transform can adapt to scenarios where data can be produced along different execution paths. Transforms for specific physics tasks which support over 60 individual substeps have been successfully run. As the new transforms infrastructure has been deployed in production many features have been added to the framework which improve reliability, quality of error reporting and also provide support for multi-threaded and multi-process jobs.

Primary author


Bjorn Sarrazin (Universitaet Bonn (DE)) Harvey Jonathan Maddocks (Lancaster University (GB)) Marisa Sandhoff (Bergische Universitaet Wuppertal (DE)) Mr Torsten Harenberg (UNIVERSITY OF WUPPERTAL) William Dmitri Breaden Madden (University of Glasgow (GB))

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