TLaunch: Launch Programs on Multiple Hosts

Introduction

Deepmind launchpad is a library that helps writing distributed program in a simple way. But currently it only supports (or has only open-sourced) launching programs on a single host, either multi-threaded or multi-processed. This library provides a way of launching existing launchpad programs on multiple nodes. Only some simple modification to your program is needed.

Installation

First, let’s clone this repository. Then cd into the repository, and execute:

pip install -r requirements.txt
pip install .

Usage

1. Launch programs on multiple hosts without communication

from absl import app
import logging
from tlaunch import lp_ssh

class Worker:
  def __init__(self, worker_id):
    self.worker_id = worker_id

  def run(self):
    logging.info('Worker {}:{}'.format(self.worker_id, i))
    lp_ssh.stop()

def make_program():
  program = lp_ssh.Program('worker')
  worker_num = 2
  current_num = 0
  for host in ['host1','host2']:
    for i in range(worker_num):
      ssh_node  = lp_ssh.SSHNode(Worker, current_num).to_host(host)
      current_num += 1
      program.add_node(ssh_node, label=host+'_worker')
  lp_ssh.launch(program, terminal='ssh_tmux_session')
def main(_):
  make_program()

if __name__ == '__main__':
  app.run(main)

In this code, we place Worker on host1 and host2 via to_host() function. With lp_ssh.launch(), Each Worker will start to run on its corresponding hosts. Besides, examples/mnist/run.sh shows an example of how to train MNIST dataset on multiple hosts.

2. Launch programs on multiple hosts with communication

examples/commands/run_cmd.py gives an example of how to check GPU status of remote hosts. The information can be transferred via defining a TransmitNode.

3. Different data-transfer types

[Optional] Kubernetes Support

If you want to use TLaunch with Kubernetes:

  1. go installed on host machine to run kustomize.
  2. A running kubernetes cluster.
  3. Volcano scheduler installed to enable gang scheduling. This will tell you how to install volcano for your kubernetes cluster.

Install and run lp-operator on your kubernetes cluster

cd lp-operator
make deploy

Then lp-operator should be running in namespace lp-operator-system. You can use kubectl get all -n lp-operator-system to check the status of the running operator.

[Optional] Kubernetes Usage

Check for more information.

Citing TLaunch

If you use TLaunch in your work, please cite us:

@article{tartrl2021tlaunch,
    title={TLaunch: Launch Programs on Multiple Hosts},
    author={Shiyu Huang, Sen Na, Shizhen Xu, Ting Chen, Jun Zhu},
    year={2021},
    howpublished={\url{https://github.com/TARTRL/TLaunch}},
}

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