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DVC and Dask use case

This repository contains the description and code for setting up DVC to use a remote computer server using dask. Note that this use case relay on the original DVC tutorial and its code found here

How to set up the use case


The use case have the following prerequisites:

  1. A remote server with:
    1. SSH installed.
    2. A unix user you have the username and password for.
    3. A folder for your remote shared DVC cache, my is at /scratch/dvc_project_cache/.
    4. A folder for your remote DVC data directories, my is at /scratch/dvc_users/[REMOTE_USERNAME]/.
    5. A Dask scheduler installed and running at port 8786, see for a guide.
    6. A MLflow tracking server installed and running at host and port 5000, with mlflow server --host --file-store /projects/mlflow_runs/.
  2. A local SSH keyfile (ssh-keygen), which have been copied to the remote server, with ssh-copy-id [REMOTE_USERNAME]@[REMOTE_IP].
  3. An open SSH port-forward to the Dask scheduler and MLflow tracking server from your local machine to the remote server, with ssh -L 8786:[REMOTE_USERNAME]@[REMOTE_IP]:8786 -L 5000:[REMOTE_USERNAME]@[REMOTE_IP]:5000 [REMOTE_USERNAME]@[REMOTE_IP].
  4. Set up local DVC development repository (following with a conda environment:
    1. Fork on Github.
    2. git clone<GITHUB_USERNAME>/dvc.git
    3. cd dvc
    4. conda create -n py36_open_source_dvc python=3.6
    5. conda activate py36_open_source_dvc
    6. pip install -r requirements.txt
    7. pip install -r tests/requirements.txt
    8. pip install -e .
    9. pip install pre-commit
    10. pre-commit install
    11. which dvc should say [HOME]/anaconda3/envs/py36_open_source_dvc/bin/dvc and dvc --version should say the exact version available in you local DVC development repository.
  5. Configure you DVC globally (e.g. using the --global flag) for you local machine - note that I call my remote server "ahsoka":
    1. conda activate py36_open_source_dvc
    2. dvc remote add ahsoka ssh://[REMOTE_IP]/ --global
    3. dvc remote modify ahsoka user [REMOTE_USERNAME] --global
    4. dvc remote modify ahsoka port 22 --global
    5. dvc remote modify ahsoka keyfile [PATH_TO_YOUR_PUBLIC_SSH_KEY] --global
    6. dvc remote add ahsoka_user_workspace remote://ahsoka/scratch/dvc_users/[REMOTE_USERNAME]/ --global
    • These globally configured DVC remotes are used by the DVC config file in the Git repository, see .dvc/config, to specify project specific remotes for the DVC cache and DVC data workspace.

Use case

This use case of DVC and Dask has been set up as follow.

On your local machine do the following:

  1. Clone this test repository from my Github: git clone
  2. Install the Conda environment for this repository - note the new enviroment must point to your local DVC development repository:
    1. conda env create -f conda_env.yml, which have been create by the following commands (executed the 26-04-2019):
      1. conda create --name py36_open_source_dvc_dask_use_case --clone py36_open_source_dvc
      2. conda install -n py36_open_source_dvc_dask_use_case dask scikit-learn
      3. conda activate py36_open_source_dvc_dask_use_case && pip install mlflow matplotlib
      4. conda env export -n py36_open_source_dvc_dask_use_case > conda_env.yml
    2. Check dvc version matches your development repository version: conda activate py36_open_source_dvc && which dvc && dvc --version and conda activate py36_open_source_dvc_dask_use_case && which dvc && dvc --version
  3. Reproduce the DVC pipeline: dvc repro - which have been specified by the following DVC stages:
    1. conda activate py36_open_source_dvc_dask_use_case
    2. dvc run -d -d -o remote://ahsoka_project_data/download_xml/ -f download_xml.dvc python
    3. dvc run -d -d -d remote://ahsoka_project_data/download_xml/ -o remote://ahsoka_project_data/xml_to_tsv/ -f xml_to_tsv.dvc python
    4. dvc run -d -d -d remote://ahsoka_project_data/xml_to_tsv/ -o remote://ahsoka_project_data/split_train_test/ -f split_train_test.dvc python
    5. dvc run -d -d -d remote://ahsoka_project_data/split_train_test/ -o remote://ahsoka_project_data/featurization/ -f featurization.dvc python
    6. dvc run -d -d -d remote://ahsoka_project_data/featurization/ -o remote://ahsoka_project_data/train_model/ -f train_model.dvc python
    7. dvc run -d -d -d remote://ahsoka_project_data/featurization/ -d remote://ahsoka_project_data/train_model/ -o remote://ahsoka_project_data/evaluate/ -m eval.txt -f Dvcfile python
  4. Show DVC metrics dvc metrics show -a.
  5. Visit MLflow tracking server webUI from your local browser at http://localhost:5000/ to see the results of the pipeline.

Problems with MLflow for the use case

  • MLflow artifacts do not support our SSH setup. mlflow.log_artifacts() do not support files saved on the remote server. Artifact files must be located at a directory shared by both the client machine and the server using the methods described here. Read mlflow/mlflow#572 (comment) for more details on the problem. However, we can circumvent this problem using Dask to executed the MLflow run on the remote server. Thereby, both the client and the MLflow tracking server has not problem reading and writing to the same folder, as the they are executed on the same machine.


A use case of a reproducible machine learning pipeline using Dask, DVC, and MLflow.







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