CMS lacks tools for users to run their jobs at sites not conforming to WLCG standards. Lobster aims to alleviate this problem by providing a workflow management to run jobs depending on CMSSW that does not have any specific requirements to the cluster or need for administrative privileges.


  • Access to more compute nodes
  • No special access privileges or setup required
  • Dynamic task handling, handling eviction
  • Performance monitoring
  • Historical view of system properties


The source code is available on github, and has been successfully used at both Notre Dame and CERN.