Custodian is a simple, robust and flexible just-in-time (JIT) job management framework written in Python. Using custodian, you can create wrappers that perform error checking, job management and error recovery. It has a simple plugin framework that allows you to develop specific job management workflows for different applications.
Error recovery is an important aspect of many high-throughput projects that generate data on a large scale. When you are running on the order of hundreds of thousands of jobs, even an error-rate of 1% would mean thousands of errored jobs that would be impossible to deal with on a case-by-case basis.
The specific use case for custodian is for long running jobs, with potentially random errors. For example, there may be a script that takes several days to run on a server, with a 1% chance of some IO error causing the job to fail. Using custodian, one can develop a mechanism to gracefully recover from the error, and restart the job with modified parameters if necessary.
The current version of Custodian also comes with two sub-packages for error handling for Vienna Ab Initio Simulation Package (VASP) and NwChem calculations.
The version at the Python Package Index (PyPI) is always the latest stable release that will be hopefully, be relatively bug-free. The easiest way to install custodian on any system is to use easy_install or pip, as follows:
pip install custodian
Some plugins (e.g., vasp management) require additional setup (please see pymatgen's documentation).
The bleeding edge developmental version is at the custodian's Github repo. The developmental version is likely to be more buggy, but may contain new features. The Github version include test files as well for complete unit testing. After cloning the source, you can type:
python setup.py install
or to install the package in developmental mode:
python setup.py develop
Custodian requires Python 2.7+. There are no other required dependencies.
Optional libraries that are required if you need certain features:
pymatgen 2.8.10+: To use the plugins for VASP, NwChem and Qchem. Please install using:
pip install pymatgen
For more information, please consult pymatgen's documentation.
nose - For complete unittesting.
Please refer to the official custodian docs for details on how to use custodian.
How to cite custodian
If you use custodian in your research, especially the VASP component, please consider citing the following work:
Shyue Ping Ong, William Davidson Richards, Anubhav Jain, Geoffroy Hautier, Michael Kocher, Shreyas Cholia, Dan Gunter, Vincent Chevrier, Kristin A. Persson, Gerbrand Ceder. Python Materials Genomics (pymatgen) : A Robust, Open-Source Python Library for Materials Analysis. Computational Materials Science, 2013, 68, 314-319. doi:10.1016/j.commatsci.2012.10.028
Custodian is released under the MIT License. The terms of the license are as follows:
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