MLRun execution context

After running a job, you need to be able to track it. To gain the maximum value MLRun uses the job context object inside the code. This provides access to job metadata, parameters, inputs, secrets, and API for logging and monitoring the results, as well as log text, files, artifacts, and labels.

  • If context is specified as the first parameter in the function signature, MLRun injects the current job context into it.

  • Alternatively, if it does not run inside a function handler (e.g. in Python main or Notebook) you can obtain the context object from the environment using the get_or_create_ctx() function.

Common context methods:

  • get_secret(key: str) — get the value of a secret

  •"started experiment..") — textual logs

  • log_result(key: str, value) — log simple values

  • set_label(key, value) — set a label tag for that task

  • log_artifact(key, body=None, local_path=None, ...) — log an artifact (body or local file)

  • log_dataset(key, df, ...) — log a dataframe object

  • log_model(key, ...) — log a model object

Example function and usage of the context object:

from mlrun.artifacts import ChartArtifact
import pandas as pd

def my_job(context, p1=1, p2="x"):
    # load MLRUN runtime context (will be set by the runtime framework)

    # get parameters from the runtime context (or use defaults)

    # access input metadata, values, files, and secrets (passwords)
    print(f"Run: {} (uid={context.uid})")
    print(f"Params: p1={p1}, p2={p2}")
    print("accesskey = {}".format(context.get_secret("ACCESS_KEY")))
    print("file\n{}\n".format(context.get_input("infile.txt", "infile.txt").get()))

    # Run some useful code e.g. ML training, data prep, etc.

    # log scalar result values (job result metrics)
    context.log_result("accuracy", p1 * 2)
    context.log_result("loss", p1 * 3)
    context.set_label("framework", "sklearn")

    # log various types of artifacts (file, web page, table), will be versioned and visible in the UI
        body=b"abc is 123",
        labels={"framework": "xgboost"},
        "html_result", body=b"<b> Some HTML <b>", local_path="result.html"

    # create a chart output (will show in the pipelines UI)
    chart = ChartArtifact("chart")
    chart.labels = {"type": "roc"}
    chart.header = ["Epoch", "Accuracy", "Loss"]
    for i in range(1, 8):
        chart.add_row([i, i / 20 + 0.75, 0.30 - i / 20])

    raw_data = {
        "first_name": ["Jason", "Molly", "Tina", "Jake", "Amy"],
        "last_name": ["Miller", "Jacobson", "Ali", "Milner", "Cooze"],
        "age": [42, 52, 36, 24, 73],
        "testScore": [25, 94, 57, 62, 70],
    df = pd.DataFrame(raw_data, columns=["first_name", "last_name", "age", "testScore"])
    context.log_dataset("mydf", df=df, stats=True)

Example of creating the context objects from the environment:

if __name__ == "__main__":
    context = mlrun.get_or_create_ctx('train')
    p1 = context.get_param('p1', 1)
    p2 = context.get_param('p2', 'a-string')
    # do something
    context.log_result("accuracy", p1 * 2)
    # commit the tracking results to the DB (and mark as completed)

Note that MLRun context is also a python context and can be used in a with statement (eliminating the need for commit).

if __name__ == "__main__":
    with mlrun.get_or_create_ctx('train') as context:
        p1 = context.get_param('p1', 1)
        p2 = context.get_param('p2', 'a-string')
        # do something
        context.log_result("accuracy", p1 * 2)