Pipeline Overview
  • 22 Apr 2024
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Pipeline Overview

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Article summary


Pipelines provide the capability to create automated models that seamlessly integrate human and machine elements for data processing within a structured pipeline framework. This architecture is composed of a series of interconnected nodes, where each node's output serves as the input for the next in line.

Pipeline Process

Dataloop's pipeline process enables the smooth transition of data across various stages, including:

  • Labeling tasks
  • Quality assurance tasks
  • Execution of functions embedded within the Dataloop system
  • Integration of code snippets
  • Utilization of machine learning (ML) models

Throughout this process, your data can be filtered based on specific criteria, segmented, merged, and its status can be modified as needed.

In summary, Dataloop's pipeline is equipped to:

  • Streamline any production pipeline
  • Preprocess and label data
  • Automate operations through applications and models
  • Post-process data and train models of any type or scale with the utmost performance and availability standards.

Process Example

In the following example, a pipeline is illustrated.

  1. This pipeline involves the preprocessing of data by code, which may involve actions like segmenting a video into frames.
  2. After the data is preprocessed, it is directed to three different tasks, all of which run in parallel.
  3. Items that are marked as completed during these tasks are sent to a separate task, such as a Quality Assurance (QA) task.
  4. Conversely, items that are labeled with a discard status are directed to a separate dataset for further handling.

Main Sections of the Pipeline Page

The Pipelines page allows you to manage and monitor your pipelines. Here, you can initiate new pipelines either from the ground up or by using a template, as well as access the dedicated details page for each individual pipeline.

The Pipeline page can be broken down into three sections (marked on the screenshot), as outlined below:

Section 1: Metrics Bar

The metrics bar is where you can view the counts of your existing pipelines and the breakdown of pipelines categorized by their statuses, which include Active, Inactive, and Failed.

Section 2: Search and Create Pipelines

The Pipeline page features a Search field, which permits you to employ the Pipeline's Name, Status, or Creator as search parameters for locating specific pipelines. Furthermore, you have the option to filter pipelines based on their status.
Using the Create Pipeline button allows you to create pipelines. For more information, see the Create Pipelines article.

Section 3: Pipelines List

The Pipeline page displays a table containing a list of pipelines, with their respective details presented in individual columns. The available columns are as follows:

Column NameDescription
Pipeline NameThe name of the Pipeline serves as the entry point to access the pipeline's canvas page. When you click on an Active Pipeline, it will open in View Mode, whereas clicking on a Paused Pipeline will open it in Edit Mode.
StatusThe status of the pipeline can be one of the following: Active, Inactive, or Failed.
Pause/PlayIndicates whether the pipeline is currently active or inactive. By clicking on the play/pause icon, you can activate or deactivate the pipeline as needed.
Pending CyclesIndicates the number of pipeline cycles in the queue. Once the initial node service in the cycle becomes "active", the cycles will start running.
Created ByThe avatar displayed here belongs to the user who created the pipeline.
Created AtThis timestamp corresponds to when the pipeline was created.
Updated AtThis timestamp corresponds to when the pipeline was updated.
Last ExecutionThis timestamp corresponds to the most recent cycle execution of the pipeline.

Pipeline Actions

The Pipelines page enables you to perform various actions on pipelines:

  • Create Pipeline: Use the Create Pipeline button to create a new pipeline. For more information, see the Create Pipelines article.
  • Double-click on a Pipeline:
    • Double-clicking on an Active Pipeline will open the Pipeline in View mode.
    • Double-clicking on a Paused Pipeline will open the Pipeline in Edit mode.
  • Customize the table columns by clicking the Show/Hide Columns icon on the right-side.
  • Sort the table to present meaningful data by clicking the header of each column.
  • View or edit a pipeline by clicking the View only or Edit mode icons.
  • Clicking on the Ellipsis (three-dots) icon will provide you additional actions, including:
    • Copy Pipeline ID: This allows you to copy the Pipeline ID. It can be used for SDK Scripts.
    • Rename Pipeline: This allows you to rename the pipeline, with the caveat that renaming is not possible if the pipeline is currently running.
    • Manage Secrets: This enables you to handle available secrets for your pipeline. Clicking on Manage Pipelineallows you to add multiple secrets from the available list. Managing the pipeline's secrets allows you to create environment variables that will be securely stored in the vault. This is recommended when handling sensitive information, such as usernames and passwords, in your code.
    • View Executions: This feature allows you to view a detailed page of the pipeline executions based on the selected pipeline's ID.
    • View Logs: This option allows you to access a detailed page of the logs related to the selected pipeline's ID.
    • View Audit Logs: This feature provides access to a detailed page of the audit logs linked to the selected pipeline's ID.
    • Delete Pipeline: This action enables you to delete the selected pipeline.