GSoC week summary II

Jason Eu

Created: 2020/06/23

Modified: 2020/06/23


After merge the new develop branch of aiida_core and new develop plumpy the previous problem that when closing the communicator, the program hangs without respond is no longer show up again. I can not reproduce the exception, so just ignore the question for the time being.

But since the starting of using LoopCommunicator as communicator, there are more problems bubble up to the desktop.

Issue 1: using asyncio.Future as plumpy.Future

Because asyncio.Future is used with associated loop, it can not be await in the other loop. It is not hard to just fix it if we need the Process initiated with SavableFuture created by specifying the loop:

@persistence.auto_persist('_pid', '_creation_time', '_future', '_paused', '_status', '_pre_paused_status')
class Process(StateMachine, persistence.Savable, metaclass=ProcessStateMachineMeta):


    def __init__(self, inputs=None, pid=None, logger=None, loop=None, communicator=None):

        # Runtime variables
        self._future = persistence.SavableFuture(loop=self._loop)

However, when recreating the SavableFuture from saved, the loop is supposed to be designated. Otherwise will get the exception ‘RuntimeError: Non-thread-safe operation invoked on an event loop other than the current one’

Does loop need to be stored as the persister or just passed as context of SavableFuture? If the loop in the load_context is desired, how to save and load it explicitly?

Issue 2: callback in call_on_process_finish can be any callable

Since LoopCommunicator is used as the communicator now, all communications over RabbitMQ will go through plumpy.create_task. In create_task plumpy expect a coroutine to be scheduled in the event loop, but it always not the case, the callback passed to the method can be any callable functions coroutines, regular functions, functools.partial, lambda, or even classes with __call__ method. That is to say, a way to ensure the coroutine is needed.

By google it, find in asyncio programming, it is encourage to explicitly distinguish the coroutine and regular functions.

async def async_gettter():
    return (await http_client.get(""))

def sync_getter():
    return asyncio.get_event_loop().run_until_complete(async_getter())

But not easily to convert to a coroutine with deep function calls. For example, inline_callback wrap the callback, if callback is not a coroutine, we need first convert it to the coroutine and await it in the inline_callback and then convert inline_callback into a coroutine either. The question is when porting to code to asyncio, do I need to make sure all the callbacks passed to the create_task is coroutine, even if it not did any network/IO operations?