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Remote Execution

The execute_remotely_example script demonstrates the use of the Task.execute_remotely method.


Make sure to have at least one ClearML Agent running and assigned to listen to the default queue

clearml-agent daemon --queue default

Execution Flow

The script trains a simple deep neural network on the PyTorch built-in MNIST dataset. The following describes the code's execution flow:

  1. The training runs for one epoch.
  2. The code passes the execute_remotely method which terminates the local execution of the code and enqueues the task to the default queue, as specified in the queue_name parameter.
  3. An agent listening to the queue fetches the task and restarts task execution remotely. When the agent executes the task, the execute_remotely is considered no-op.

An execution flow that uses execute_remotely method is especially helpful when running code on a development machine for a few iterations to debug and to make sure the code doesn't crash, or to set up an environment. After that, the training can be moved to be executed by a stronger machine.

During the execution of the example script, the code does the following:

  • Uses ClearML's automatic and explicit logging.
  • Creates an experiment named Remote_execution PyTorch MNIST train, which is associated with the examples project.


In the example script's train function, the following code explicitly reports scalars to ClearML:

"train", "loss", iteration=(epoch * len(train_loader) + batch_idx), value=loss.item()

In the test method, the code explicitly reports loss and accuracy scalars.

"test", "loss", iteration=epoch, value=test_loss
"test", "accuracy", iteration=epoch, value=(correct / len(test_loader.dataset))

These scalars can be visualized in plots, which appear in the ClearML web UI, in the experiment's SCALARS tab.

Experiment Scalars


ClearML automatically logs command line options defined with argparse. They appear in CONFIGURATION > HYPER PARAMETERS > Args.

Experiment hyperparameters


Text printed to the console for training progress, as well as all other console output, appear in CONSOLE.

Experiment console log


Models created by the experiment appear in the experiment’s ARTIFACTS tab. ClearML automatically logs and tracks models and any snapshots created using PyTorch.

Experiment artifacts