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IGNNITION: Fast prototyping of Graph Neural Networks for Communication Networks


IGNNITION is the ideal framework for users with no experience in neural network programming (e.g., TensorFlow, PyTorch). With this framework, users can design and run their own Graph Neural Networks (GNN) in a matter of a few hours.

IGNNITION is especially for you if:

You are a scientist or engineer that wants to build custom GNNs adapted to your problem (e.g., computer networks, biology, physics, chemistry, recommender systems…)

Learn more at IGNNITION at a Glance.

How it works?

Create your own GNN model in three simple steps:

  1. Define a GNN architecture with an intuitive YAML interface
  2. Adapt your dataset
  3. Execute the training with just 3 lines of code

IGNNITION produces an optimized implementation of your GNN without writing a single line of TensorFlow.

Quick Start


Recommended: Conda environment

A conda environment definition is available in environment.yml. Using it is recommended, as it ensures that an appropriate Python version and the necessary packages are installed. To use it, first install miniconda and then run the following:

conda env create -f environment.yml --name ignnition
conda activate ignnition

This will create the conda environment with ignnition name and will activate it.

Recommended: Python 3.7

Please, ensure you use Python 3.7. Otherwise, we do not guarantee the correct installation of dependencies.

You can install IGNNITION with the following command using PyPI.

pip install ignnition

Alternatively, you can install it from the source code, using the following commands. These commands first download the source code, then prepare the environment, and finally install the library:

wget ''
pip install -r requirements.txt
python install

Please, find more details in our installation guide.


To get started with IGNNITION, we have prepared a step-by-step tutorial that explains in detail how to design a basic GNN from scratch. Click here to start this tutorial.

After this tutorial, you should be prepared to:

Please, follow the documentation to know all the details of this framework.

Main Contributors

D. Pujol-Perich, J. Suárez-Varela, Miquel Ferriol, A. Cabellos-Aparicio, P. Barlet-Ros.

Barcelona Neural Networking center, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya

This software is part of a project that has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 871528.


Please, use the following reference to cite IGNNITION.

Plain text:

David Pujol-Perich, José Suárez-Varela, Miquel Ferriol, Shihan Xiao, Bo Wu, Albert Cabellos-Aparicio, and Pere Barlet-Ros. 2021. IGNNITION: Bridging the Gap between Graph Neural Networks and Networking Systems. IEEE Network, 35, 6 (2021), 171–177.


  title={IGNNITION: Bridging the Gap between Graph Neural Networks and Networking Systems},
  author={Pujol-Perich, David and Su{\'a}rez-Varela, Jos{\'e} and Ferriol, Miquel and Xiao, Shihan and Wu, Bo and Cabellos-Aparicio, Albert and Barlet-Ros, Pere},
  journal={IEEE Network},


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