Azure VM Cluster (via Dask)#


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RAPIDS can be deployed at scale using Azure Machine Learning Service and easily scales up to any size needed. We have written a detailed guide with helper scripts to get everything deployed, but the high level procedure is:

1. Create. Create your Azure Resource Group.

2. Workspace. Within the Resource Group, create an Azure Machine Learning service Workspace.

3. Config. Within the Workspace, download the config.json file and verify that subscription_id, resource_group, and workspace_name are set correctly for your environment.

4. Quota. Within your Workspace, check your Usage + Quota to ensure you have enough quota to launch your desired cluster size.

5. Clone. From your local machine, clone the RAPIDS demonstration code and helper scripts.

6. Run Utility. Run the RAPIDS helper utility script to initialize the Azure Machine Learning service Workspace:

$ ./\

[CONFIG_PATH] = the path to the config file you downloaded in step three.

7. Start. Open your browser to http://localhost:8888 and get started!

See the guide or GitHub for more details.RAPIDS can be deployed on a Dask cluster on Azure ML Compute using dask-cloud provider.

1. Install. Install Azure tools (azure-cli).

2. Install dask-cloudprovider:

$ pip install dask-cloudprovider

3. Config. Create your workspace config file -see Azure docs for details.

4. Environment. Setup your Azure ML core environment using the RAPIDS docker container:

>>> from azureml.core import Environment
>>> # create the environment
>>> rapids_env = Environment('rapids_env')
>>> # create the environment inside a Docker container
>>> rapids_env.docker.enabled = True
>>> # specify docker steps as a string. Alternatively, load the string from a file
>>> dockerfile = """
>>> RUN source activate rapids &&\
>>> pip install azureml-sdk &&\
>>> """
>>> # set base image to None since the image is defined by dockerfile
>>> rapids_env.docker.base_image = None
>>> rapids_env.docker.base_dockerfile = dockerfile
>>> # use rapids environment in the container
>>> rapids_env.python.user_managed_dependencies = True

[CONTAINER] = RAPIDS container to be used, for example, rapidsai/rapidsai
[TAG] = Docker container tag.
[ADDITIONAL_LIBRARIES] = Additional libraries required by the user can be installed by either using conda or pip install.

5. Setup. Setup your Azure ML Workspace using the config file created in the previous step:

>>> from azureml.core import Workspace
>>> ws = Workspace.from_config()

6. Create the AzureMLCluster:

>>> from dask_cloudprovider import AzureMLCluster
>>> cluster = AzureMLCluster(ws,

[NUM_NODES] = Number of nodes to be used.

7. Run Notebook. In a Jupyter notebook, the cluster object will return a widget allowing you to scale up and containing links to the Jupyter Lab session running on the headnode and Dask dashboard, which are forwarded to local ports for you -unless running on a remote Compute Instance.