Checkpointing extends AppCaching a step further and allows you to re-use results from and across multiple workflows.


Checkpointing is only possible for apps which have AppCaching enabled.


If AppCaching is disabled in the config['globals'], checkpointing will not work

Parsl follows an incremental checkpointing model, where each call to checkpoint will checkpoint all results that have updated since the last checkpoint. When loading checkpoints, if entries with results from multiple functions (with identical hashes) are encountered, only the last entry read will be considered.

Checkpointing comes with the same caveats as AppCaching but with one key difference: each checkpointing event is manually triggered by the user. Checkpoints are loaded from checkpoint files at the start of the DataFlowKernel and written out to checkpoint files only when the DataFlowKernel.checkpoint() function is invoked. The checkpoint is written out to the runinfo/RUN_ID/checkpoint/ directory.

Example code follows:

config = { .... } # Define the config
dfk = DataFlowKernel(config=config)

@App('python', dfk, cache=True)
def slow_double(x, sleep_dur=1):
    import time
    return x * 2

N = 5  # Number of calls to slow_double
d = [] # List to store the futures
for i in range(0, N):

# Wait for the results
[i.result() for i in d]

cpt_dir = dfk.checkpoint()
print(cpt_dir) # Prints the checkpoint dir

To load the checkpoint from a previous run specify the runinfo/RUNID directory:

import os

last_runid = sorted(os.listdir('runinfo/'))[-1]
last_checkpoint = os.path.abspath('runinfo/{0}'.format(last_runid))

config = { ... }
dfk = DataFlowKernel(config=config,