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Use a cloud database

In this tutorial, you will learn how to switch from saving results locally to saving them to a collaborative remote (or "cloud") database.

The quick tutorial

  1. Consider collaborating! Simmate is built for sharing results, so email to discuss joining our effort. This will let you avoid the complexities of managing your own database. If you decide to join, you'll only have to complete steps 3 and 4 of this tutorial.

  2. Set up a cloud database that is supported by django. We highly recommend setting up a connection pool for your database as well. If you need help with this setup, you can use our "deploy" button in the next section. 10GB is plenty to get started.

  3. Make sure you have extra database dependencies installed. For postgres, run the command:

    conda install -n my_env -c conda-forge psycopg2

  4. Add the file ~/simmate/my_env-database.yaml with your connection details that match django format. As an example, this my_env-database.yaml file gives a default database to use:

      ENGINE: django.db.backends.postgresql
      NAME: simmate-database-00-pool
      USER: doadmin
      PORT: 25061
        sslmode: require

  5. And if (and only if) you built a brand new database in step 2, reset your database in order to build initial tables. Use the command simmate database reset to do this. ⚠ do NOT run this command if you joined a collaborative database!

Set up using Digital Ocean

We recommend using Postgres through DigitalOcean. If you do not have a Digital Ocean account, we ask that you sign up using our referral link. The button below will then take you to the relevant page.

Note, we are not affiliated with Digital Ocean -- it's just what our team happens to use.

Deploy to DO