Interactive Job Configuration

The behavior of interactive jobs, such as TensorBoards, notebooks, commands, and shells, can be influenced by setting a variety of configuration variables. These configuration variables are similar but not identical to the configuration options supported by experiments.

Configuration settings can be specified by passing a YAML configuration file when launching the workload via the Determined CLI:

$ det tensorboard start experiment_id --config-file=my_config.yaml
$ det notebook start --config-file=my_config.yaml
$ det cmd run --config-file=my_config.yaml ...
$ det shell start --config-file=my_config.yaml

Configuration variables can also be set directly on the command line when any Determined task, except a TensorBoard, is launched:

$ det notebook start --config resources.slots=2
$ det cmd run --config description="determined_command" ...
$ det shell start --config resources.priority=1

Options set via --config take precedence over values specified in the configuration file. Configuration settings are compatible with any Determined task unless otherwise specified.

Configuration Settings

The following configuration settings are supported:

  • description: A human-readable description of the task. This does not need to be unique. The default description consists of a timestamp and the entrypoint of the command.

  • environment: Specifies the environment of the container that is used to execute the task.

    • image: The Docker image to use when executing the workload. This image must be accessible via docker pull to every Determined agent machine in the cluster. Users can configure different container images for NVIDIA GPU tasks using cuda key (gpu prior to 0.17.6), CPU tasks using cpu key, and ROCm (AMD GPU) tasks using rocm key. Default values:

      • determinedai/environments:cuda-11.3-pytorch-1.10-lightning-1.5-tf-2.8-gpu-0.17.15 for NVIDIA GPUs.

      • determinedai/environments:rocm-4.2-pytorch-1.9-tf-2.5-rocm-0.17.15 for ROCm.

      • determinedai/environments:py-3.8-pytorch-1.10-lightning-1.5-tf-2.8-cpu-0.17.15 for CPUs.

    • force_pull_image: Forcibly pull the image from the Docker registry and bypass the Docker cache. Defaults to false.

    • environment_variables: A list of environment variables that will be set in every trial container. Each element of the list should be a string of the form NAME=VALUE. See Environment Variables for more details. Users can customize environment variables for GPU, CPU, and ROCm tasks differently by specifying a dict with cuda (gpu prior to 0.17.6), cpu, and rocm keys.

    • pod_spec: Only applicable when running Determined on Kubernetes. Applies a pod spec to the pods that are launched by Determined for this task. See Custom Pod Specs for details.

    • registry_auth: Specifies the Docker registry credentials to use when pulling a Docker image, if needed.

      • username (required)

      • password (required)

      • server (optional)

      • email (optional)

    • add_capabilities: A list of Linux capabilities to grant to task containers. Each entry in the list is equivalent to a --cap-add CAP command line argument to docker run. add_capabilities is honored by resource managers of type agent but is ignored by resource managers of type kubernetes. See master configuration for details about resource managers.

    • drop_capabilities: Just like add_capabilities but corresponding to the --cap-drop argument of docker run rather than --cap-add.

  • resources: The resources Determined allows a task to use.

    • slots: Specifies the number of slots to use for the task. The default value is 1. The maximum value is the number of slots on the agent in the cluster with the most slots. For example, Determined will be unable to schedule a task that requests 4 slots if the Determined cluster is composed of agents with 2 slots each. The number of slots for TensorBoard is fixed at 0 and may not be changed.

    • agent_label: If set, the task will only be scheduled on agents that have the given label set. If this is not set (the default behavior), the task will only be scheduled on unlabeled agents. An agent’s label can be configured via the label field in the agent configuration.

    • shm_size: The size in bytes of /dev/shm for task containers. Defaults to 4294967296 (4GiB). If set, this value overrides the value specified in the master configuration.

    • priority: The priority assigned to this task. Tasks with smaller priority values are scheduled before tasks with higher priority values. Only applicable when using the priority scheduler. Refer to Scheduling for more information.

    • resource_pool: The resource pool where this task will be scheduled. If no resource pool is specified, CPU-only tasks will be scheduled in the default CPU pool, while GPU-using tasks will be scheduled in the default GPU tool. Refer to Resource Pools for more information.

    • devices: A list of device strings to pass to the Docker daemon. Each entry in the list is equivalent to a --device DEVICE command line argument to docker run. devices is honored by resource managers of type agent but is ignored by resource managers of type kubernetes. See master configuration for details about resource managers.

  • bind_mounts: Specifies a collection of directories that are bind-mounted into the Docker containers for execution. This can be used to allow commands to access additional data that is not contained in the command context. This field should consist of an array of entries. Note that users should ensure that the specified host paths are accessible on all agent hosts (e.g., by configuring a network file system appropriately). Defaults to an empty list.

    • host_path: (required) The file system path on each agent to use. Must be an absolute filepath.

    • container_path: (required) The file system path in the container to use. May be a relative filepath, in which case it will be mounted relative to the working directory inside the container. It is not allowed to mount directly into the working directory (container_path == ".") to reduce the risk of cluttering the host filesystem.

    • read_only: Whether the bind-mount should be a read-only mount. Defaults to false.

    • propagation: (Advanced users only) Optional propagation behavior for replicas of the bind-mount. Defaults to rprivate.

  • work_dir: Working directory. This can include $AGENT_USER or $DET_USER, which will be replaced with the actual agent user id or determined user id. This cannot be set if submitting a context directory. Defaults to null.

  • tensorboard_args: Lists optional arguments for launching TensorBoard. Each element of the list should be a string of the form NAME=VALUE.

  • idle_timeout: Specifies the duration before idle instances are automatically terminated. This string is a sequence of decimal numbers, each with optional fraction and a unit suffix, such as “30s”, “1h”, or “1m30s”. Valid time units are “s”, “m”, “h”. The default value is 20m. This is only used by TensorBoard and notebook instances. A TensorBoard instance is considered to be idle if it does not receive any HTTP traffic. A notebook instance is considered to be idle if it is not receiving any HTTP traffic and it is not otherwise active (as defined by the notebook_idle_type option). The default timeout for TensorBoard is 5m (5 minutes).

  • notebook_idle_type: Specifies how to decide whether a notebook is idle or active. Valid values are:

    • kernels_or_terminals (default): The notebook is considered active if any kernels or terminals are running.

    • kernel_connections: The notebook is considered active if there are any open connections from any web connections to any kernels. (JupyterLab does not report connections to terminals, so they cannot be counted.)

    • activity: The notebook is considered active if any kernel is executing a command or any terminal that is currently being viewed in JupyterLab is inputting or outputting any data. (A terminal that is running a command but not being viewed or running a command with no output is treated as idle, since JupyterLab does not provide activity information for those case.)