Using unmanaged EKS clusters


Create your EKS cluster

To create your Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS) cluster, follow the AWS user guide. We recommend that you allocate at least 15 GB of memory for each cluster node. More memory may be required if you plan on running very large in-memory recipes.

You’ll be able to configure the memory allocation for each container and per-namespace using multiple containerized execution configurations.

Prepare your local aws, docker, and kubectl commands

Follow the AWS documentation to ensure the following on your local machine (where Dataiku DSS is installed):

  • The aws ecr command can list and create docker image repositories and authenticate docker for image push.

  • The kubectl command can interact with the cluster.

  • The docker command can successfully push images to the ECR repository.

Create base images

Build the base image by following these instructions.

Create a new execution configuration

Go to Administration > Settings > Containerized execution, and add a new execution configuration of type “Kubernetes”.

  • The image registry URL is the one given by aws ecr describe-repositories, without the image name. It typically looks like, where XXXXXXXXXXXX is your AWS account ID, us-east-1 is the AWS region for the repository and PREFIX is an optional prefix to triage your repositories.

  • Set “Image pre-push hook” to Enable push to ECR.

You’re now ready to run recipes and models on EKS.

Using GPUs

AWS provides GPU-enabled instances with NVidia GPUs. Using GPUs for containerized execution requires the following steps.

Building an image with CUDA support

The base image that is built by default (see setup) does not have CUDA support and cannot use NVidia GPUs. You need to build a CUDA-enabled base image. To enable CUDA add the --with-cuda option to the command line:

./bin/dssadmin build-base-image --type container-exec --with-cuda

We recommend that you give this image a specific tag using the --tag option and keep the default base image “pristine”. We also recommend that you add the DSS version number in the image tag.

./bin/dssadmin build-base-image --type container-exec --with-cuda --tag dataiku-container-exec-base-cuda:X.Y.Z

where X.Y.Z is your DSS version number


  • This image contains CUDA 10.0 and CuDNN 7.6. You can use --cuda-version X.Y to specify another DSS-provided version (9.0, 10.0, 10.1, 10.2, 11.0 and 11.2 are available). If you require other CUDA versions, you would have to create a custom image.

  • Remember that depending on which CUDA version you build the base image (by default 10.0) you will need to use the corresponding tensorflow version.


After each upgrade of DSS, you must rebuild all base images and update code envs.

Thereafter, create a new container configuration dedicated to running GPU workloads. If you specified a tag for the base image, report it in the “Base image tag” field.

Enable GPU support on the cluster

To execute containers that leverage GPUs, your worker nodes and the control plane must also support GPUs. The following steps describe a simplified way to enable a worker node leverage its GPUs:


These steps can vary, depending on the underlying hardware and software version requirements for your projects.

Finally, enable the cluster GPU support with the NVidia device plugin. Be careful to select the version that matches your Kubernetes version (v1.10 as of July 2018).

Add a custom reservation

For your container execution to be located on nodes with GPU accelerators, and for EKS to configure the CUDA driver on your containers, the corresponding EKS pods must be created with a custom “limit” (in Kubernetes parlance). This indicates that you need a specific type of resource (standard resource types are CPU and memory).

You must configure this limit in the containerized execution configuration. To do this:

  • In the “Custom limits” section, add a new entry with key: and value: 1 (to request 1 GPU).

  • Add the new entry and save the settings.


You can now deploy your GPU-required recipes and models.