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JACOB: An enterprise framework for computational chemistry


Theoretical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry Institute, Westfälische Wilhelms Universität Münster, Correnstrasse 40, Münster 48149, Germany. E-mail: m.waller@uni-muenster.de


Here, we present just a collection of beans (JACOB): an integrated batch-based framework designed for the rapid development of computational chemistry applications. The framework expedites developer productivity by handling the generic infrastructure tier, and can be easily extended by user-specific scientific code. Paradigms from enterprise software engineering were rigorously applied to create a scalable, testable, secure, and robust framework. A centralized web application is used to configure and control the operation of the framework. The application-programming interface provides a set of generic tools for processing large-scale noninteractive jobs (e.g., systematic studies), or for coordinating systems integration (e.g., complex workflows). The code for the JACOB framework is open sourced and is available at: www.wallerlab.org/jacob. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.