Feature #2585: Infrastructure supporting external API
Provide Context (e.g. to runner code) to manage client and runtime environment
gmxapi milestone 5 as described in #2585
Instead of relying on a global variable for ProgramContext, explicitly require client code to pass a context object to library code. This allows a context to be configured differently depending on the use case of the client code, as well as to capture details of the computing environment that could be better abstracted.
This issue covers restructuring of GROMACS to support an expanded role of client-managed “context”. Specific enhancements are deferred to downstream issues to be linked from here.Near term goals of the expanded role for the Context include
- Support run-time extensibility of MD code, such as by providing a source of factory functions from which MD module implementation code can be retrieved.
- ownership of highest level communicator(s) and source of simulation-level communicators
- Translation of ANSI C signals to GROMACS signalling facilities
- Handling of logging and status messaging
- Negotiating allocation of computing resources
- I/O abstractions and filesystem-decoupling
- Interfaces for workflow-level check-pointing
This issue requires that code like gmx::Mdrunner (and the call stack below) receive the context from the client code. A context implementation should not require global variables, and as much as possible globals should be removed from the current ProgramContext.
Provisions for runtime extensibility:
- Library-facing Context interface provides factory functions for, e.g.
- Reference data
- Simple C API allows registering resource providers named in simple hierarchical schema.
Move mdrun mainFunction to client code.
supports gmxapi milestone 4, described at #2605
API clients need to be able to initialize and run MD simulations with
calls from separate code blocks or even translation units. Also, we
need clear distinctions between a pre-launch master Mdrunner and the
non-master Mdrunner threads.
In this change:
- Insert a Builder on which to develop the distinction between user
interface and implementation code. User interface is handled in
Director code, while the Builder and code further down the mdrun call
stack should be user interface agnostic (i.e. not CLI-centric).
- Introduces a Context object to hold some resources. (see milestone 5
and issue #2587)
- Prepare for more stateful Mdrunner objects, documenting resources in
need of clearer management, describing future use cases and possible
- Make Mdrunner non-copyable and not constructable by clients. Worker
threads can initialize a new Mdrunner from the master instance with
- Clarify parameter setting for spawned Mdrunner threads.
- Begin to encapsulate filename options available to client code from
the actual client code.
- Remove extraneous variables `nfile` and `fnm`.
Later changes will:
- Separate Mdrunner into Launcher and Worker at mdrunner() call so that
tMPI runner does not look reentrant.
- Hide data and clarify ownership / modernize memory management /
clarify the subjects of the Builder `add` operations.
- Clarify separation of user interface from API parameters.
- Flesh out SimulationContext and related classes.
The Context holds the details necessary to launch work in a given
environment. A runtime session is launched using the configured details
of a Context implementation and the object bindings configured by the
user (managed by the Context).
Part of a sequence of changes introducing gmxapi classes System,
Context, Session, and Workflow.
Supports gmxapi milestone 5
#6 Updated by Eric Irrgang 11 months ago
- Status changed from New to In Progress
For GROMACS 2019, we have a gmxapi::Context to manage the environment of client code, and a gmx::SimulationContext to manage the resources provided by the client to the gmx::Mdrunner. In GROMACS 2020, we will need to refine the client and library facets of these facilities, improve resource ownership semantics / encapsulation, add functionality, and more fully migrate to the new resource management scheme.