PipelineTask execution activator/framework needs serious refactoring to make it more reusable and to support multiple execution environments. Currently we have all code in pipe_supertask package, which is not released yet, and it only supports "laptop activator" application (multiprocess-based activator à la CmdLineTask), which also incorporates support for building/serializing pipelines and QuantumGraphs.
To make it more reusable I propose to split current code into two packages:
- Common code usable by all clients will be moved to pipe_base (modules include pipeline, graph, pipeTools, pipelineBuilder, graphBuilder, expr_parser), some code will need small scale migration to make it independent of argparse.Namespace
- Remaining code that implements MP activator will be moved to a new package named ctrl_mpexec, pieces of that code will be reusable by other activators as well. This new package will be included into lsst_distrib. 
- MP activator application (in ctrl_mpexec), which can also execute generic pipeline/graph tools, will be renamed from stac to pipe_tools (suggestions for better name are welcome).
I do not expect this to be the last round of refactoring/renaming, we may get better idea of how do we have to structure the code as we continue implementing new activators, this refactoring is just a starting point to unblock that future development.
 Slack discussion link: https://lsstc.slack.com/archives/CAVQQ6SBX/p1542671318061700)
 Potentially reusable code may be better to package in a separate package, but the amount of code is small and non-reusable code should not have extra dependencies, so I prefer to keep all of that in a single package for now.