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Inconsistent algorithm execution in Quantopian

I tend to use lots of fundamental factors, set up elaborate pipelines, when writing my algorithms. I've been experiencing inconsistent behavior when I run a full backtest lately with my algorithms: Quantopian sometimes fails execution complaining about excessive memory usage or excessive time, sometimes not. With time especially, I've found that if I leave the browser window where I had started the full backtest, the backtest execution slows down. I don't have any hard evidence for this unfortunately, but I've found that when start a backtest, close the window, and then reopen the backtest, it seems to be running more slowly. Sometimes I find that the backtest appears to have stopped running altogether.

Does quantopian reduce the execution priority of a backtest that's not being directly observed? Is that taken into account with the timeouts that are set for the various function calls? In other words, does Quantopian measure wall clock time, or CPU clock time?

Sunil

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There should be no difference in your full backtest execution with your browser open or closed. The various timeouts on your algorithm are driven by the wall clock, not the CPU clock. That means that it is possible that competition for a shared resource might make your algorithm timeout intermittently. We've built the system to make that happen infrequently, but it does happen sometimes.

If you're having regular timeouts completing your algorithm it would be good for us to understand why. There may be inefficiencies in your code; there may be limitations in our platform. If you have a backtest that you can share it would be good to see.

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