LONI Distributed Pipeline Server (DPS) Installation Utility

DPS is a utility that streamlines the process of setting up an independent Pipeline environment. The interface walks a user through several steps, providing default preferences along the way, but also gives the user flexibility in configuring the resulting system. As a result, this tool is designed to be used by neuroscientists, bioinformaticians, and system administrators alike.

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Linux - Version 2.0.2

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  • Advice and hints inform the user about system parameters that are required by the installer.
  • If deploying on top of a cluster of nodes, Son of Grid Engine can be installed.
  • A list of neuro imaging and bioinformatics packages are optionally available, along with associated Pipeline modules and workflows
  • The Pipeline server can be configured from the DPS interface or, after installation, by launching the server terminal interface
  • Detailed progress tracking and logs simplify the process of troubleshooting
  • At the end of installation, test workflows allow user to verify that the environment is functional


Distributed Pipeline Server installation allows you to build and configure 3 types of resources . backend Grid management resources (grid engine), the distributed Pipeline server, and a number of computational imaging and informatics software tools.

System Requirements


  • Version: 2.0.2
  • Size: 322 KB
  • OS: CentOS version 5.8 or above
  • Software: OpenJDK or Sun/Oracle JDK 1.6 or above


Before you begin installation, you will need:

  1. Live internet connection
  2. A user ID that will run the Pipeline server process (a dedicated user ID is recommended)
  3. To install the grid engine: remote root access with SSH credentials to all hosts
  4. Static IP addresses for all the hosts, and their hostnames properly configured on DNS
  5. NFS server and network connected nodes with a shared partition

To start the installer, open a terminal, sudo as root, go to the directory where the installer file is located, and type:

  1. -tar -zxvf pipelineServerInstaller.tar.gz
  2. -cd pipelineServerInstaller
  3. -./launchInstaller.sh

After running these lines you should see the installer window. Choose what you need to install and configure as you want.For a step-by-step protocol (with screenshots) of the entire protocol see this link.