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A Scientific Workflow Management System made for the Cloud

Apache License, Version 2.0 Actions Status

Steep has the following fey features:

  • Dynamic and scalable workflow management without apriori runtime-time knowledge through incremental conversion of workflow graphs to so-called process chains
  • Support for cyclic workflow graphs (with recursive for-each actions)
  • Optimized, capability-based process chain scheduling through parallelization and distribution to multiple agents (i.e. Steep instances running in the Cloud or in a cluster)
  • Automatic failover: crashed workflows can be resumed without loss of information
  • Service metadata allows processing services with arbitrary interfaces to be integrated/executed
  • Built-in runtime environments for executable binaries and Docker.
  • Can be extended with plugins:
    • Output adapter plugins modify the way agents collect process chain results
    • Process chain adapter plugins modify generated process chains before they are executed
    • Runtime plugins add custom runtime environments (e.g. Python, AWS Lambda, Web Processing Services).
  • Supported database back-ends:
    • MongoDB
    • PostgreSQL
    • In-memory
  • Tight integration with Kubernetes enables optimized resource usage through auto-scaling
  • OpenStack Cloud Connector allows virtual machines hosting additional Steep agents to be created on demand
  • REST-like HTTP interface
  • Web-based user interface for monitoring
  • Provides metrics to Prometheus
  • Asynchronous event-driven architecture
  • Very high test coverage

Building and running

This project requires at least JDK 11.

./gradlew build
./gradlew run

Building and running the Docker image

docker build -t steep .
docker run --name steep --rm -p 8080:8080 \
  -e STEEP_HTTP_HOST= steep


Steep is licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0.

Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied. See the License for the specific language governing permissions and limitations under the License.

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