Managing Dependencies

Any additional Python packages required for your job execution need to be known to the framework in order to ensure those packages are installed prior to running the function within a job. Such packages need to be specified when defining the cluster environment through graphlab.deploy.hadoop_cluster.create:

import graphlab as gl

c = gl.deploy.hadoop_cluster.create(
  turi_dist_path=<HDFS path to turi distributed deployment>,

def my_function(number = 10):
    import names
    people = [names.get_full_name() for i in range(number)]
    sf = graphlab.SFrame({'names':people})
    return sf

job = gl.deploy.job.create(my_function, environment=c, number=20)

The additional_packages parameter can be a single string or a list of strings, describing packages in the pypi format. Equivalent to Hadoop it can also be provided to graphlab.deploy.ec2_cluster.create for EC2 clusters. In the case of Hadoop, these packages need to be explicitly uploaded to the cluster (see below). Note that creating a cluster in Hadoop and specifying packages that have not been uploaded will succeed, but a subsequent submission of a job will fail (because Turi Distributed will try to install the specified packages into the job's environment at that point).

Alternatively, dependent packages can be specified on an already created cluster, by setting the cluster's additional_packages property, before submitting a job:

# load a previously created EC2 cluster:
ec2c = gl.deploy.ec2_cluster.load('s3://my-workspace/ec2-cluster')

ec2c.additional_packages = 'names'
Hadoop Package Management

Because Hadoop clusters are not generally connected to the internet, Turi Distributed provides functionality to manage packages in such an environment, namely uploading, listing, and removing packages. These operations are accesible either through the command line (scripts provided by Turi Distributed) or the GraphLab Create API.

Packages available for installation (as described above) are shown as follows:


(In this example we assume (i) that the YARN config folder to access the cluster has been set as default, and (ii) that a Turi Distributed deployment in a folder my-cluster-setup in the user's home directory in the cluster exists.)


{'default_packages': ['_license==1.1',
 'user_packages': ['names-0.3.0.tar.gz']}

A package can be uploaded through the following API:

    turi_dist_path=<hdfs path to turi distributed deployment>,

Alternatively to a single package filename, a folder can be provided; all files within that folder will be uploaded to the cluster, assuming they are Python packages.

Packages can be removed from the cluster as follows:

    turi_dist_path=<hdfs path to turi distributed deployment>,