Publish Datasets

A dataset is a named reference to a Dask collection or list of futures that has been published to the cluster. It is available for any client to see and persists beyond the scope of an individual session.

Motivating Example

We load CSV data from S3, manipulate it, and then persist the data to the cluster.

from dask.distributed import Executor
e = Executor('scheduler-address:8786')

import dask.dataframe as dd
df = dd.read_csv('s3://my-bucket/*.csv')
df2 = df[df.balance < 0]
df2 = e.persist(df2)

>>> df2.head()
      name  balance
0    Alice     -100
1      Bob     -200
2  Charlie     -300
3   Dennis     -400
4    Edith     -500

To share this collection with a colleague we publish it under the name 'negative_accounts'


Now any other client can connect to the scheduler and retrieve this published dataset.

>>> from dask.distributed import Executor
>>> e = Executor('scheduler-address:8786')

>>> e.list_datasets()

>>> df = e.get_dataset('negative_accounts')
>>> df.head()
      name  balance
0    Alice     -100
1      Bob     -200
2  Charlie     -300
3   Dennis     -400
4    Edith     -500

This allows users to easily share results. It also allows for the persistence of important and commonly used datasets beyond a single session. Published datasets continue to reside in distributed memory even after all clients requesting them have disconnected.


Published collections are not automatically persisted. If you publish an un-persisted collection then others will still be able to get the collection from the scheduler, but operations on that collection will start from scratch. This allows you to publish views on data that do not permanently take up cluster memory but can be surprising if you expect “publishing” to automatically make a computed dataset rapidly available.

Any client can publish or unpublish a dataset.

Publishing too many large datasets can quickly consume a cluster’s RAM.


Executor.publish_dataset(**kwargs) Publish named datasets to scheduler
Executor.list_datasets() List named datasets available on the scheduler
Executor.get_dataset(name) Get named dataset from the scheduler
Executor.unpublish_dataset(name) Remove named datasets from scheduler