Version 2 (modified by hudson, 7 years ago)

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ANUGA Checkpoints

Since ANUGA may take a long time to run a simulation, it can be prudent to save off the partial results at different stages of execution in case of hardware failure or power loss.

cPickle Method

Many people have requested restore point functionality in ANUGA to deal with interruptions to a running script. Python already has the ability to save state to a file using the cPickle module.

You can use code like this in your application to implement restore points:

import cPickle

start_time = 0.0
if use_restore_point is True:
    print 'resuming from restore point...'
    domain = cPickle.load(open('domain_pickle.txt'))
    start_time = domain.time
else:
    # do your normal domain initialisation here


for restorepoint in range(start_time, 10):
    # evolve domain in small chunks, regularly pickling a restore point
    for t in domain.evolve(yieldstep=0.1, finaltime=restorepoint):
        pass
    print 'saving restore point...'
    cPickle.dump(domain, open('domain_pickle.txt', 'w'))

To use this code normally, make sure use_restore_point is False. If your script is interrupted for any reason, set use_restore_point to be True, and it will continue from the last save point.

cPickle.dump will store an entire class on disk. cPickle.load will restore that class from disk. So when you pickle the domain, you can reload its exact state using cPickle.load.

use_cache Method

ANUGA also has inbuilt caching functionality. You can set the use_cache = True parameter on many functions, and the results of the operation will be stored on disk for the next time the same operation is executed.