# Production


This documentation is a work in progress and is incomplete.

Please contact developers for more details.


For proper security, ELLA should be run in a walled garden with restricted external access, rather than on a public network.


ELLA relies on a separate annotation service, ella-anno (opens new window), to annotate and import data. The documentation for this service (opens new window) is work in progress, please contact ella-support for details on how to configure your own production setup.

# Requirements

# Build image

First build the docker image:

docker build -t {image_name} .

where {image_name} is what you want to name the image.

# Mount points

The production container defines a few mount points. If you're not using containers for deployment, you can skip this section.

Destination Description
/logs/ Destination for the log files
/data/ Data files
/socket/ Location for unix sockets (optional)
/tmp/ Location for temporary files (optional)

# Data directory

The recommended approach is to have one data directory for ELLA, which contains imported analyses, attachments and IGV data. This directory is outside of the container, and can be mounted in to /data.

Example folder structure:

├── attachments/  # Storage of user attachments
├── analyses/
|  ├── incoming/  # New analyses for analysis watcher
|  └── imported/  # Analyses that are imported
├── igv-data/     # IGV resources, global and usergroup tracks.
├── fixtures/     # Configuration data that should be imported into the database, e.g.:
|  ├── users.json
|  ├── usergroups.json
|  ├── references.json
|  ├── filterconfigs.json
|  └── genepanels/

# Setup environment

There are a few environment variables that should be set:

Variable Description Values
DB_URL URI to PostgreSQL database. (e.g. postgresql://dbuser@host/dbname)
PORT Listen port for nginx. Default: 3114
ANALYSES_PATH Path to imported analyses. path (e.g. /data/analyses/imported)
ANALYSES_INCOMING Path to incoming analyses. Used by analysis watcher to import new analyses path (e.g. /data/analyses/incoming)
ELLA_CONFIG Application configuration. path (e.g. /config/ella_config.yml)
IGV_DATA Path to IGV resources. path (e.g. /data/igv_data)

Additional environment variables can be utilized in the Application configuration.

# Start container

We can launch a new container like the following

docker run \
  --name {container_name} \
  -p 80:80 \
  -v /local/data/path:/data \
  -v /local/config/path:/config \
  -v /local/logs/path:/logs \
  -e ELLA_CONFIG=/config/ella_config.yml \
  -e DB_URL={db_url} \
  -e ANALYSES_PATH=/data/analyses/imported \
  -e ANALYSES_INCOMING=/data/analyses/incoming \
  -e IGV_DATA=/data/igv_data \

The default entrypoint is ops/prod/entrypoint.sh, which will in turn start Supervisor to manage the different processes.

# Behind the scenes

Internally, the supervisord will spin up several services:

  • nginx - acting as reverse proxy and serving static files
  • gunicorn - launching several API workers
  • analyses-watcher - handles watching for and importing new analyses
  • polling - watches for and handles new import jobs

# Creating the production database

ELLA relies on an external PostgreSQL database, using the default "public" schema.

Provide the URI to the database using the DB_URL environment variable.

Run the following command:

ella-cli database make-production

This will:

  1. Setup the database from the migration base.
  2. Run all the migration scripts.
  3. Run the database refresh command, to setup json schemas and various triggers.

# Populate reference table

The references table in the database can be populated with PubMed IDs using a json file generated by the ella-cli:

  1. Gather all the PubMed IDs you want to populate the database with in a line-separated file.
  2. Run this command to create a file named references-YYMMDD.json:
    ella-cli references fetch <path to file with PubMed ids>
  3. Create or update references in the database with this command:
    ella-cli deposit references <path to references-YYMMDD.json>

# Configure ELLA

See Application configuration for settings related to setup of the ELLA application, as well as Configuration for other options.

Last Updated: 8/20/2020, 2:19:27 PM