6. Toolchains

Toolchains are the backbone of experiments within the BEAT platform. They determine the data flow for experiments in the BEAT platform. For more information about toolchains see the “Toolchains” section of “Getting Started with BEAT” in BEAT documentation.

6.1. The Toolchains tab

To open the Toolchains tab, you have to click on the tab ‘User Resources’ from your homepage and select ‘Toolchains’. On this window, you can search a toolchain by typing a toolchain name in the ‘Filter rows’ search bar.

The image below shows the ‘Toolchains’ tab and the ‘Filter rows’ search bar (red rectangles):


Some buttons are available for each toolchain:

  • New experiment: to create a new experiment based on the toolchain.

  • Search experiments: to show the experiments performed on this toolchain

  • Fork: to fork this toolchain (see section :ref:’modifytoolchain’). When you fork a toolchain, you have to give it a new name.

And some more buttons if you own the toolchain:

  • New version: to create a new version of this toolchain. The toolchain will keep the same name and the version number will be incremented when you click on this button.

  • Share: to share this toolchain with any number of parties you wish.

  • Edit: to modify this toolchain (only available if this toolchain has not been used in an experiment).

  • Delete: to delete this toolchain (only available if this toolchain has not been used in an experiment).

6.2. Sharing a toolchain

Like any other object in the BEAT platform, you may also share your toolchain your with other users. To do this, click on the green arrow in the top right region on the page showing the toolchain you want to share.


Sharing status

The sharing status of an toolchain is represented to the left of its name, in the format of an icon. A toolchain can be in one of these three sharing states:

  • Private (icon shows a single person): If an toolchain is private, only you can use it on your experiments and only you can view its block diagram.

  • Shared (icon shows many persons): If an toolchain is shared, only people on the sharing list can use the toolchain on their experiments and view its block diagram.

  • Public (icon shows the globe): If an toolchain is public, then users and platform visitors can view its block diagram. All platform users can use the toolchain on their experiments.

Sharing at the BEAT platform is an irreversible procedure. For example, public objects cannot be made private again. If you share an object with a user or team and change your mind, you can still delete the object, for as long as it is not being used by you or another colleagues with access (see more information on our Frequently Asked Questions).