Jupyter Notebooks#

You can use Jupyter Notebooks to conveniently develop and debug machine learning models, visualize the behavior of trained models, and manage the training lifecycle of a model manually. Determined makes launching and managing notebooks easy.

Determined notebooks provide the following benefits:

  • Jupyter Notebooks run in containerized environments on the cluster. This makes it easy to manage dependencies using images and virtual environments. The HTTP requests are passed through the master proxy from and to the container.

  • Jupyter Notebooks can be automatically terminated if they are idle for a configurable duration to release resources. 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 in the task configuration). To enable this behavior by default, set notebook_timeout option in your master config. To enable it for a particular notebook, set idle_timeout option in the notebook config.

After a notebook is terminated, it is not possible to restore the files that are not stored in the persistent directories. It is important to configure the cluster to mount persistent directories into the container and save files in the persistent directories in the container. See Save and Restore Notebook State for more information.

If you open a Notebook tab in JupyterLab, a kernel is automatically opened. This kernel will not be shut down automatically, so you’ll need to manually terminate it.

There are two ways to access notebooks in Determined: the CLI and the WebUI. To install the CLI, see Installation.

Command Line#

The following command will automatically start a notebook with a single GPU and open it in your browser.

$ det notebook start
Scheduling notebook unique-oyster (id: 5b2a9ea4-a6bb-4d2b-b42b-25e4064a3220)...
[DOCKER BUILD 🔨] Step 1/11 : FROM nvidia/cuda:9.0-cudnn7-runtime-ubuntu16.04
[DOCKER BUILD 🔨]  ---> 9918ba890dca
[DOCKER BUILD 🔨] Step 2/11 : RUN rm /etc/apt/sources.list.d/*
[DOCKER BUILD 🔨] Successfully tagged nvidia/cuda:9.0-cudnn7-runtime-ubuntu16.04-73bf63cc864088137a477ce62f39ffe8
[Determined] 2019-04-04T17:53:22.076591700Z [I 17:53:22.075 NotebookApp] Writing notebook server cookie secret to /root/.local/share/jupyter/runtime/notebook_cookie_secret
[Determined] 2019-04-04T17:53:23.067911400Z [W 17:53:23.067 NotebookApp] All authentication is disabled.  Anyone who can connect to this server will be able to run code.
[Determined] 2019-04-04T17:53:23.073644300Z [I 17:53:23.073 NotebookApp] Serving notebooks from local directory: /
disconnecting websocket
Jupyter Notebook is running at: http://localhost:8080/proxy/5b2a9ea4-a6bb-4d2b-b42b-25e4064a3220-notebook-0/lab/tree/Notebook.ipynb?reset

After the notebook has been scheduled onto the cluster, the Determined CLI will open a web browser window pointed to that notebook’s URL. Back in the terminal, you can use the det notebook list command to see that this notebook is one of those currently RUNNING on the Determined cluster:

$ det notebook list
 Id                                   | Entry Point                                            | Registered Time              | State
 0f519413-2411-4b3c-adbc-9b1b60c96156 | ['jupyter', 'notebook', '--config', '/etc/jupyter.py'] | 2019-04-04T17:52:48.1961129Z | RUNNING
 5b2a9ea4-a6bb-4d2b-b42b-25e4064a3220 | ['jupyter', 'notebook', '--config', '/etc/jupyter.py'] | 2019-04-04T17:53:20.387903Z  | RUNNING
 66da599e-62d2-4c2d-91c4-01a04045e4ab | ['jupyter', 'notebook', '--config', '/etc/jupyter.py'] | 2019-04-04T17:52:58.4573214Z | RUNNING

The --context option adds a folder or file to the notebook environment, allowing its contents to be accessed from within the notebook.

det notebook start --context folder/file

The --config-file option can be used to create a notebook with an environment specified by a configuration file.

det notebook start --config-file config.yaml

For more information on how to write the notebook configuration file, see Notebook Configuration.

Useful CLI Commands#

A full list of notebook-related commands can be found by running:

det notebook --help

To view all running notebooks:

det notebook list

To kill a notebook, you need its ID, which can be found using the list command.

det notebook kill <id>


You can also start a notebook from the WebUI. To do this, go to the Tasks pane and then select Launch JupyterLab.


Depending on your particular setup, you can select the appropriate resource pool when creating a new notebook.

Determined AI model training interactive WebUI where you can launch a new Jupyter Notebook.

The WebUI displays a list of tasks running on the cluster including running notebooks. You can reopen, kill, or view logs for each notebook.

You can customize the keyboard shortcut you use to launch a JupyterLab Notebook. To do this, visit the Shorcuts settings by selecting your profile name in the upper left corner and choosing Settings.

Notebook Configuration#

Notebooks can be passed a notebook configuration option to control the notebook environment. For example, to launch a notebook that uses two GPUs:

$ det notebook start --config resources.slots=2

Alternatively, a YAML file can also be used to configure the notebook, using the --config-file option:

$ cat > config.yaml <<EOL
description: test-notebook
  slots: 2
  - host_path: /data/notebook_scratch
    container_path: /scratch
idle_timeout: 30m
$ det notebook start --config-file config.yaml

See Job Configuration Reference for details on the supported configuration options.

Finally, to configure notebooks to run a predefined set of commands at startup, you can include a startup hook in a directory specified with the --context option:

$ mkdir my_context_dir
$ echo "pip3 install pandas" > my_context_dir/startup-hook.sh
$ det notebook start --context my_context_dir

Example: CPU-Only Notebooks

By default, each notebook is assigned a single GPU. This is appropriate for some uses of notebooks (e.g., training a deep learning model) but unnecessary for other tasks (e.g., analyzing the training metrics of a previously trained model). To launch a notebook that does not use any GPUs, set resources.slots to 0:

$ det notebook start --config resources.slots=0

Save and Restore Notebook State#


It is only possible to save and restore notebook state on Determined clusters that are configured with a shared filesystem available to all agents.

To ensure that your work is saved even if your notebook gets terminated, it is recommended to launch all notebooks with a shared filesystem directory bind-mounted into the notebook container and work on files inside of the bind mounted directory.

For example, a user jimmy with a shared filesystem home directory at /shared/home/jimmy could use the following configuration to launch a notebook:

$ cat > config.yaml << EOL
  - host_path: /shared/home/jimmy
    container_path: /shared/home/jimmy
$ det notebook start --config-file config.yaml

By default, launching a cluster by det deploy gcp up, det deploy aws --deployment-type efs, or det deploy aws --deployment-type fsx creates a Network file system that is shared by all the agents and is automatically mounted into notebook containers at /run/determined/workdir/shared_fs/. To save your notebooks, set work_dir:/run/determined/workdir/shared_fs/ in your configuration file each time you launch JupyterLab. You can use a configuration template to automate this.

To launch a notebook with det deploy local cluster-up, a user can add the --auto-work-dir flag, which mounts the user’s home directory into the task containers by default:

$ det deploy local cluster-up --auto-work-dir="/shared/home/jimmy"
$ det notebook start

Working on a notebook file within the shared bind mounted directory will ensure that your code and Jupyter checkpoints are saved on the shared filesystem rather than an ephemeral container filesystem. If your notebook gets terminated, launching another notebook and loading the previous notebook file will effectively restore the session of your previous notebook. To restore the full notebook state (in addition to code), you can use Jupyter’s File > Revert to Checkpoint functionality.


By default, JupyterLab will take a checkpoint every 120 seconds in an .ipynb_checkpoints folder in the same directory as the notebook file. To modify this setting, click on Settings > Advanced Settings Editor and change the value of "autosaveInternal" under Document Manager.

Use the Determined CLI in Notebooks#

The Determined CLI is installed into notebook containers by default. This allows you to interact with Determined from inside a notebook—e.g., launch new deep learning workloads or examine the metrics from an active or historical Determined experiment. For example, to list Determined experiments from inside a notebook, run the notebook command !det experiment list.