Pseudonym pipeline unit type


💊 Check pseudonym prescription pipeline unit for a higher-level abstraction.

This pipeline unit was introduced to provide “pseudonym” functionality. This functionality is handy if you would like to create an alternative to the package in the software stack. This alternative can be considered on package name level or version level. Cross-index resolution (index level alternative) is guaranteed by the resolution logic.


⚠️ Try to avoid creating alternatives if they do not produce valid alternatives or they result in too many new states. This has significant performance impact in the resolution process.

Each pseudonym is uniquely identified by unit_instance.configuration["package_name"] string derived out of Pseudonym.CONFIGURATION_DEFAULT["package_name"] that corresponds to the package name for which the pipeline unit should be called. This is an optimization to the resolution process.

Main usage

  • Adding “aliases” to the software stack.

    • An example could be intel-tensorflow package that provides the same functionality as tensorflow, hence intel-tensorflow can be considered as a valid alternative to the resolution process.

  • Adding versions of packages that were not listed in the dependency listing of a library/application but are valid alternatives (underpinning issues).

Real world examples

  • Substitute all tensorflow packages in the software stack with their intel-tensorflow counterparts.

  • Add TensorFlow in version 2.1.0 to the stack where TensorFlow in version 2.2.0 would be resolved even though the application states TensorFlow==2.1.0 as a dependency - suitable for Dependency Monkey runs or performing “post-release” fixes in version range specifications (underpinning issues).

An example implementation

import logging
from typing import Any
from typing import Dict
from typing import Generator
from typing import Optional
from typing import Tuple
from typing import Set
from typing import TYPE_CHECKING

import attr
from thoth.python import PackageVersion

from ..pseudonym import Pseudonym

    from ..pipeline_builder import PipelineBuilderContext

_LOGGER = logging.getLogger(__name__)

class TensorFlowPseudonym(Pseudonym):
    """A TensorFlow pseudonym."""

    CONFIGURATION_DEFAULT: Dict[str, Any] = {"package_name": "tensorflow"}  # Operates on "tensorflow" package.

    _pseudonyms = attr.ib(type=Optional[Set[Tuple[str, str, str]]], default=None, init=False)

    def pre_run(self) -> None:
        """Initialize this pipeline unit before each run."""
        self._pseudonyms = None

    def should_include(cls, builder_context: "PipelineBuilderContext") -> Optional[Dict[str, Any]]:
        """Register self."""
        if builder_context.is_adviser_pipeline() and not builder_context.is_included(cls):
            yield {}
            return None

        yield from ()
        return None

    def run(self, package_version: PackageVersion) -> Generator[Tuple[str, str, str], None, None]:
        """Map TensorFlow packages to intel-tensorflow alternatives."""
        if package_version.index.url != "":
            # Adjust only for PyPI index.
            return None

        if self._pseudonyms is None:
            # Be lazy with queries to the database.
            runtime_environment = self.context.project.runtime_environment
            self._pseudonyms = {i[1] for i in self.context.graph.get_solved_python_package_versions_all(

        if package_version.locked_version in self._pseudonyms:
            yield "intel-tensorflow", package_version.locked_version, ""

The implementation can also provide other methods, such as Unit.pre_run, Unit.post_run or Unit.post_run_report and pipeline unit configuration adjustment. See unit documentation for more info.