Portal Tutorial - Portal Wizard

What is Portal Wizard?

Portal Wizard guides you through the process of setting up WRF Portal, creating domains and defining and running workflows. The Portal Wizard window appears on program startup (or can be opened from the Tools menu).

Portal Wizard, Step (1) -Computers

The first step is entering information about the computer(s) that will run WRF (or any desired custom programs). You can enter your local computer (if you have a linux or Mac computer), or you can enter a remote computer that WRF Portal will connect to via SSH. While WRF Portal runs on your local computer, it can run WRF programs on either your local computer or a remote computer. In this screen shot example, I have entered information about a computer named "hep.fsl.noaa.gov". Note that I have included information about the optional external workflow manager which will be using SGE as it's batch system. I could leave that information blank if I only wanted to use the internal workflow manager.

Note: Portal Wizard screen images have been reduced in size to 75% to conserve screen space.

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Portal Wizard, Step (2) -User Information

The second step is entering user information. Choose a default workflow manager (either the internal one, or the optional external one), a default account name (only used by the external workflow manager for assigning an account when submitting jobs), a default computer, a default output directory (this is the top level directory where your WRF runs output will go), and a local temporary directory.

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Portal Wizard, Step (3) -WRF Domain Wizard

The third step is an optional one. If you have not already defined a domain for a WRF run (or have a domain already provided for you), you can click on the "Launch WRF Domain Wizard" button to launch the wizard. Click here for more information about running WRF Domain Wizard.

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Portal Wizard, Step (4) -Task Manager

The fourth step is where you provide WRF Portal with the information it needs to run WPS and WRF. This screen is where you set the defaults for any workflows you create. Note that once you create a workflow from these defaults, you can always change any of these values (e.g. set a different Domain Dir or Forecast Interval). Once you have typed in the information below, press the "Overwrite..." button to save this information.

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Portal Wizard, Step (5) -Define Workflow

The fifth step is a short cut for defining a workflow (you can also do this from the File menu). Click on the Define Workflow button.

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Portal Wizard, Step (6) -Run Workflow

The sixth step is a short cut for running a workflow (you can also do this from the File menu). Click on the Run Workflow button.

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