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We have renamed Views to Projects in Iterative Studio.

Accordingly, Views dashboard is now called Projects dashboard; View settings are now called Project settings; and so on.

Run Experiments

You can change your hyperparameters or select a different dataset and re-run your model training using Iterative Studio.

How Iterative Studio runs ML experiments

Iterative Studio uses your regular CI/CD setup (e.g. GitHub Actions) to run the experiments. This means that to enable experimentation from Iterative Studio, you should do the following:

  1. First, integrate your Git repository with a CI/CD setup that includes model training process. You can use the wizard provided by Iterative Studio to automatically generate the CI script, or you can write it on your own.

  2. Then, setup the yaml workflow ENV vars as secrets. This is needed so that your CI workflow can launch the runner in your desired cloud provider.

  3. Now, you can submit your experiments from Iterative Studio. Each submission will invoke your CI/CD setup, triggering the model training process.

Due to access restrictions, you cannot run experiments on the demo project (example-get-started) that is provided to you by default. Once you connect to your ML project repositories, you can follow the instructions given below to run experiments directly from Iterative Studio.

Use the Iterative Studio wizard to set up your CI action

Select a commit and click Run. You will see a message that invites you to set up your CI.

The CI setup wizard has two sections, pre-filled with default values:

That's it! At this point you should have CML in place within your CI/CD to run your experiments. After this, proceed with submitting your experiments as described below.

Configuration of your self-hosted runner

This step is responsible for launching a self-hosted runner within your cloud vendor. The parameters listed here are a subset of the parameters for CML self-hosted runners.

SpotWhether you want to launch a spot cloud instance, cutting down the costs of your training.
CloudYour cloud provider.
RegionCloud-vendor specific region or a CML synthetic region (an abstraction across all the cloud vendors).
TypeCloud-vendor specific instance type or a CML synthetic type M/L/XL (an abstraction across all the cloud vendors). Type is also tied to GPU behavior. If you choose an instance with a selectable GPU (such as a CML instance type or any GCP instance), the GPU parameter will show up.
HDD sizeHard disk size in GB. We highly recommend you to enter a big enough value (eg, 100) to avoid unexpected runner termination due to hard disk exhaustion.
ReuseValues for the CML flags reuse and reuse-idle. See all CML options for details
LabelsText labels to identify your CML runners from other self hosted runners that you might have.

Runner's job

Job scriptThis is the script needed for your runner to execute your job, which would commonly include training your model. The default template is a very common combination of CML and DVC taking into account that DVC enables you to make the most of Iterative Studio. You can update this script to reflect your exact model training process, whether you use DVC or not.

Submit a new experiment

Watch this video for an overview of how you can run experiments from Iterative Studio, or read below for details.

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Note that we have renamed DVC Studio mentioned in the above video to Iterative Studio and Views to Projects.

To run experiments from Iterative Studio, first you need to determine the Git commit (experiment) on which you want to iterate. Select the commit that you want to use and click the Run button. A form will let you specify all the changes that you want to make to your experiment. On this form, there are 2 types of inputs that you can change:

  1. Input data files: You can change datasets that are used for model training. The list of files that you can change will depend on your ML project. For instance, in the example-get-started ML project, you can change the data.xml file. Iterative Studio identifies all the files used in your ML project, which means that if you select the Show all input parameters (including hidden) option, then you can also change the hidden files such as the model.pkl model file and the scores.json metrics file. You can also choose not to change any input data files if you only wish to change the values of one or more hyperparameters.
  2. Hyperparameters: Iterative Studio lists all the hyperparameters of your ML project and you can change their values as per the new experiment that you want to run. For instance, in the example-get-started ML project, you can change max_features (the maximum number of features that the model uses), ngrams, etc. You can also choose not to change any hyperparameters if you only wish to change one or more input data files.

The default values of the input data files and hyperparameters in this form are extracted from your selected commit.

Once you have made all the required changes, enter your Git commit message and description.

If your CI job creates a new Git commit to write the experiment results to your Git repository, you may want to hide the Git commit that you created when submitting the experiment from your project table. In this case, add [skip studio] in the commit message. For details, refer to Display preferences -> Hide commits.

Then, select the branch to commit to. You can commit to either the base branch or a new branch. If you commit to a new branch, a Git pull request will automatically be created from the new branch to the base branch. Now, click on Commit changes.

What happens after you submit a new experiment

Iterative Studio will create the Git commit and pull request. This will invoke your model training process (if it is set up). You can track the results in real-time. And you can save the results in Git.

Git commit (and pull request) are created

Iterative Studio will create a Git commit with the changes you submitted. This commit appears in the project's experiment table. If you had specified a new branch to commit the changes to, then a new pull request will also be created from the new branch to the base branch.

Model training is invoked

If your ML project is integrated with a CI/CD setup (e.g. GitHub Actions), the CI/CD setup will get invoked. If this setup includes a model training process, it will be triggered, which means that your ML experiment will run automatically.

The model training can happen on any cloud or Kubernetes. For more details on how to set up CI/CD pipelines for your ML project, refer to CML.

Live metrics and plots are tracked

In your model training CI action, you can use DVCLive to send live updates to metrics and plots back to Iterative Studio, without writing them to your Git repository. The live metrics are displayed alongside the corresponding experiment commits.

Metrics, plots and reports are saved in Git

In your model training CI action, you can save the training results in Git. This means, once the experiment completes, its metrics will be available in the project's experiment table. You can then generate plots and trend charts for it, or compare it with the other experiments.

In your model training CI action, you can also use CML to create reports with metrics, plots or other details. You can access the CML report by clicking on the CML report icon next to the Git commit message in the experiment table. The CML Report tooltip appears over the CML report icon on mouse hover.