Tutorial: DNN Training

Tutorial: DNN TrainingΒΆ

This example uses SkyPilot to train a Transformer-based language model from HuggingFace.

First, define a task YAML with resource requirements, the setup commands, and the commands to run:

# dnn.yaml

name: huggingface

  accelerators: V100:4

# Optional: upload a working directory to remote ~/sky_workdir.
# Commands in "setup" and "run" will be executed under it.
# workdir: .

# Optional: upload local files.
# Format:
#   /remote/path: /local/path
# file_mounts:
#   ~/.vimrc: ~/.vimrc
#   ~/.netrc: ~/.netrc

setup: |
  set -e  # Exit if any command failed.
  git clone https://github.com/huggingface/transformers/ || true
  cd transformers
  pip install .
  cd examples/pytorch/text-classification
  pip install -r requirements.txt torch==1.12.1+cu113 --extra-index-url https://download.pytorch.org/whl/cu113

run: |
  set -e  # Exit if any command failed.
  cd transformers/examples/pytorch/text-classification
  python run_glue.py \
    --model_name_or_path bert-base-cased \
    --dataset_name imdb  \
    --do_train \
    --max_seq_length 128 \
    --per_device_train_batch_size 32 \
    --learning_rate 2e-5 \
    --max_steps 50 \
    --output_dir /tmp/imdb/ --overwrite_output_dir \

Then, launch training:

$ sky launch -c lm-cluster dnn.yaml

This will provision a cluster with the required resources, execute the setup commands, then execute the run commands.

After the training job starts running, you can safely Ctrl-C to detach from logging and the job will continue to run remotely on the cluster. To stop the job, use the sky cancel <cluster_name> <job_id> command (refer to CLI reference).

After training, transfer artifacts such as logs and checkpoints using familiar tools.