Giving Thanks at Curoverse
Engineering sprint report for the sprint ending December 10, 2014
As we start to wind down the year, we have some of our most exciting features yet to offer. Our Thanksgiving sprint was a very productive one: we found and fixed 29 bugs and implemented 7 new features.
One of our most exciting new features is a browser-based collection upload tool. If you have data sets already on your workstation to upload into Arvados, you can do so right from your browser:
Being able to upload collections directly from your desktop makes it a snap to get started using Arvados. Try it out yourself!
In addition to nifty web tools for making Arvados easier, we've been working hard on other projects.
- Curoverse has been an active participant in the Common Workflow Language working group. Our senior engineer Peter Amstutz contributed substantially to drafting the reference implementation. A tool for expressing bioinformatics workflows in a consistent, portable way across different systems is an important link in promoting collaboration between researchers on different projects. We see the Common Workflow Language as a critical component of modern bioinformatics platforms.
- Pipeline authors can now specify a particular SDK version in their pipeline computations, offering better control over reproducibility.
On top of that, we've fixed a bunch of niggling little bugs that have made Arvados much smoother to use: improved SSH key upload, more consistent handling of file selections in collections, pipeline rendering, Firefox SSL certificate bugs and much, much more!