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Sumatra: automated tracking of scientific computations

Sumatra is a tool for managing and tracking projects based on numerical simulation and/or analysis, with the aim of supporting reproducible research. It can be thought of as an automated electronic lab notebook for computational projects.

It consists of:

  • a command-line interface, smt, for launching simulations/analyses with automatic recording of information about the experiment, annotating these records, linking to data files, etc.
  • a web interface with a built-in web-server, smtweb, for browsing and annotating simulation/analysis results.
  • a LaTeX package and Sphinx extension for including Sumatra-tracked figures and links to provenance information in papers and other documents.
  • a Python API, on which smt and smtweb are based, that can be used in your own scripts in place of using smt, or could be integrated into a GUI-based application.