To get started, first install signac and then setup a new project with:

~ $ mkdir my_project
~ $ cd my_project/
~/my_project $ signac init MyProject
Initialized project 'MyProject'.


If you need to interface with non-Python code, see How to integrate signac-flow with MATLAB or other software without Python interface.

Once a project has been created, the next step is to initialize the data space with, e.g., a script called init.py.:

# init.py
import signac

project = signac.get_project()

for foo in range(3):
    project.open_job({'foo': foo}).init()

The key is using the Python project handle as the interface to initialize jobs (data points) in your data space. You can then implement a simple data space operation within a project.py script:

# project.py
from flow import FlowProject

def hello_job(job):
    print("Hello from job {}, my foo is '{}'.".format(job, job.sp.foo))

if __name__ == '__main__':

Note the use of the FlowProject.operation() decorator to indicate that the hello_job function should be interpreted as an operation acting on the data space.

Operations can be executed for all of your jobs with:

~/my_project $ python project.py run
Execute operation 'hello_job(15e548a2d943845b33030e68801bd125)'...
Hello from job 15e548a2d943845b33030e68801bd125, my foo is '1'.
Execute operation 'hello_job(2b985fa90138327bef586f9ad87fc310)'...
Hello from job 2b985fa90138327bef586f9ad87fc310, my foo is '2'.
Execute operation 'hello_job(7f3e901b4266f28348b38721c099d612)'...
Hello from job 7f3e901b4266f28348b38721c099d612, my foo is '0'.

See the Tutorial for a more detailed introduction to how to use signac to manage data and implement workflows.