What is Reflex?Reflex is an environment that provides an easy and flexible way to reduce VLT/VLTI science data using the ESO pipelines. Its top-level functionalities are:
- Reflex allows to graphically specify the sequence in which the data reduction steps are executed, including conditional stops, loops and conditional branches.
- Reflex makes it easy to inspect the intermediate and final data products and to repeat selected processing steps to optimize the data reduction.
- The data organization necessary to reduce the data is built into the system and is fully automatic.
- Advanced users can plug-in their own modules and steps into the data reduction sequence.
- Reflex supports the development of data reduction workflows based on the ESO Common Pipeline Library.
Reflex is based on the concept of a scientific workflow, whereby the data reduction cascade is rendered graphically and data seamlessly flow from one processing step to the next. It is distributed with a number of complete test datasets so that users can immediately start experimenting and familiarize themselves with the system.
For further information, please, refer to the latest Reflex User Manual.
Reflex is based on the open source workflow engine Kepler.If you make use of Reflex or Reflex workflows in a scientific publication, please consider citing Reflex. You may reference the following paper: Automated Data Reduction Workflows for Astronomy: The ESO Reflex Environment, 2013, Freudling, W., et al., Astron.Astrophys., 559, A96 (Bibtex entry)
Reflex Latest Public VersionThe latest public version of Reflex is 2.8
Officially Supported PipelinesReflex can be used with any CPL-based pipeline. Some pipelines provide Reflex-based workflows in their public releases. Please refer to this table for information about supported modes, tutorials, example data sets and user manuals.
Reflex System RequirementsReflex is written in Java and is known to work in the following systems:
- Fedora 18 64 bits
- Fedora 20 64 bits
- Fedora 22 64 bits
- Scientific Linux 6.4 64bits
- Ubuntu 14.04 64 bits
- OS X 10.8
- OS X 10.9
Additionally, some Reflex-based workflows might have extra software requirements (most notably python modules). Check Reflex-based workflows release notes for more information.
Installing and running Reflex
PrerequisitesReflex 2.8 requires a Java Runtime Environment (JRE) version 7, it is recommended to use at least update 45. NOTE: On OS X you need to install the JDK instead, you can download it from here Workflows may have other requirements, please refer to the workflow tutorial and to the pipeline user manual. There are two installation option: the automatic and the manual one.
Package managers for Fedora and OS X (recommended)
For Fedora 20/21/22 64 bits, it is strongly recommended to install it with our rpm repository. This repository includes both Reflex and the pipelines. Refer to the instructions provided here.
For Apple Mac OS X 10.9 or newer, it is strongly recommended to install it with MacPorts. This repository includes both Reflex and the pipelines. Refer to the instructions provided here.
Automatic Installation with installation scriptA script is provided that takes care of all the required steps to install and run Reflex:
- It downloads and installs a pipeline kit, that contains the workflows associated to the pipeline.
- It downloads and installs some test data.
- It donwloads and installs Reflex.
- It configures Reflex to point to the installed pipeline.
Manual methodIf you don't want to use the automatic method (e.g. because you want to use a specific version of the pipeline), you can manually download and install Reflex following these steps:
- Install the pipeline kit you are interested in. Only the recipes present
in the output of
esorex --recipeswill be available to Reflex.
- Download the latest stable version for Linux or OS X.
- Uncompress the package using gzip and tar.
- Execute the reflex command in the bin directory under the distribution directory.
Current Issue: 3.8The Reflex User Manual is available for download in PDF format.
Current Issue: 1.0The Reflex Workflow Development Guide is available for download in PDF format.
Bug ReportsIf you experience an unexpected behavior of Reflex, please, first refer to the troubleshooting section in the User Manual. For any other issues or requests, please, send a report to the ESO User Support Department, describing:
- the Reflex release you are using
- the pipeline release you are using
- the version of your OS
- the exact sequence of actions you performed before the bug occurred
- what were precisely the symptoms and the possible error message(s)
- whether the bug is repeatable