DSS 5.0 Release notes

Migration notes

Migration paths to DSS 5.0

OS and Hadoop deprecations

As previously announced, DSS 5.0 removes support for some OS and Hadoop distributions.

Support for the following OS versions is now removed:

  • Redhat/Centos/Oracle Linux 6 versions strictly below 6.8
  • Redhat/Centos/Oracle Linux 7 versions strictly below 7.3
  • Ubuntu 14.04
  • Debian 7
  • Amazon Linux versions strictly below 2017.03

Support for the following Hadoop distribution versions is now removed:

  • Cloudera distribution for Hadoop versions strictly below 5.9
  • HDP versions strictly below 2.5
  • EMR versions strictly below 5.7

R deprecation

As previously announced, support for the following R versions is now removed:

  • R versions strictly below 3.4

Java 7 deprecation notice and features restrictions

As previously announced, support for Java 7 is now deprecated and will be removed in a later release.

As of DSS 5.0, some features are not available anymore when running Java 7:

  • Reading of GeoJSON files
  • Reading of Shapefiles
  • Geographic charts (all types)

How to upgrade

It is strongly recommended that you perform a full backup of your DSS data directory prior to starting the upgrade procedure.

For automatic upgrade information, see Upgrading a DSS instance.

Pay attention to the warnings described in Limitations and warnings.

Limitations and warnings

Automatic migration from previous versions is supported, but there are a few points that need manual attention.

Java 7 restrictions

Please see above

Retrain of machine-learning models

  • Models trained with prior versions of DSS should be retrained when upgrading to 5.0 (usual limitations on retraining models and regenerating API node packages - see Upgrading a DSS instance). This includes models deployed to the flow (re-run the training recipe), models in analysis (retrain them before deploying) and API package models (retrain the flow saved model and build a new package)

Version 5.0.4 - November 30th, 2018

DSS 5.0.4 is a release containing both bug fixes and new features

Hadoop

  • New Feature: Added support for EMR 5.19
  • Fixed Spark jobs when using cgroups on a Multi User Security instance

Recipes

  • R API: fixed dkuManagedFolderUploadPath function in Multi User Security mode
  • Fixed schema inference in SQL Script recipes when using non-default database schema.
  • Fixed remembering of partition(s) to build in the recipe editor
  • Fixed possible ambiguous column names in join recipes when using advanced join conditions

Machine learning

  • Fixed issue with non-selectable engine when using expert mode in the model creation modal.
  • Fixed possible display issue with the confusion matrix on unbalanced datasets with multiclass prediction.

Datasets

  • Better formatting of large numbers in the status tab of datasets
  • Added native fast-path for sync from S3 to Snowflake

Security

  • Improved protection against third-party website rediction on login
  • Fixed protection of Jupyter session identifiers for non-admin users
  • Fixed information leak in “metrics” datasets for non-admin users
  • Fixed missing impersonation of “notebook export” scenario step

Misc

  • Dashboard: fixed copy of a machine learning model report tile
  • Prevent long modals from being under the navigation bar
  • Fixed Azure Blob Storage to Azure Data Warehouse fast path with date columns
  • Improved instance diagnosis reports

Version 5.0.3 - November 7th, 2018

DSS 5.0.3 is a release containing both bug fixes and new features

Datasets

  • Added a Snowflake dataset
  • Support for ElasticSearch 6.2 / 6.4
  • Strong performance improvements for SFTP write
  • Fixed bug when exploring “Latest available partition” with “Auto-refresh sample” enabled
  • Fixed in some cases ability to edit column headers in dataset preview
  • Fixed error in Excel parser if sheet name changed
  • Fixed Teradata per-user-credentials when logging in with LDAP mode on Teradata
  • Fixed decompression of archives when the extension is uppercase (.ZIP for example)

Data visualization

  • Improved performance in some cases by avoiding cache recomputations

Data preparation

  • New feature: Ability to add a processor to an existing group
  • Holidays flagging processor: added more dates for 2018 and 2019
  • Fixed error when reverting meaning to “Autodetect” mode
  • Various small UI improvements

Visual recipes

  • New feature: Ability to remap columns between datasets in the Stack recipe

Containers

  • Fixed `dataiku.api_client()` in container-run Python recipes

Wikis

  • Fixed display of wikis on home page if an empty wiki was promoted
  • Fixed display bug on Safari

Machine learning

  • Fixed description error in XGboost results
  • Fixed bug with % in column names

Hadoop & Spark

  • Fixed support of WASB on HDP3

Code recipes

  • Fixed pickling of top-level objects in Python recipe
  • Fixed `if __name__ == "__main__" in Python recipe

API node

  • Fixed support for conditional outputs and proba percentiles
  • Added ability to have 0-arguments functions in Python endpoint
  • Added ability to add test queries from a foreign dataset

API

  • Fixed SQL Execution in R API for statements returning no results
  • Added ability to delete analysis and mltasks in the ML API

Dashboards

  • New feature: Ability to publish multiple charts at the same time from a dataset

Security

  • Added ability to perform session expiration without losing Jupyter notebooks
  • Fixed XML entity injection vulnerability
  • Fixed possible matching error causing impersonation to fail (depending on user remapping rules)

Misc

  • Python 3 compatibility fixes in notebooks exported from models*
*New screens to get help about DSS
  • New screen to submit feedback about DSS

Version 5.0.2 - October 1st, 2018

DSS 5.0.2 is a release containing both bug fixes and new features

Hadoop

  • New feature: Experimental support for HDP3 (See Hortonworks HDP)
  • New feature: Support for CDH 5.15
  • Fixed Spark fast-path for Hive datasets in notebooks and recipes

Datasets & Connections

  • New Feature Support of dataset exports using unicode separator
  • New Feature: per user credentials for generic JDBC connections
  • Fixed export of datasets for non-CSV formats
  • Fixed “download all” button for managed folders with no name
  • Fixed managed folders when a file name is in uppercase
  • Improved support for multi-sheet Excel files
  • Added support for Zip files with uppercase extension in filename (.ZIP)

Data preparation

  • New feature: Fold multiple columns: added option to remove folded column

Collaboration

  • Added new nicer default images for projects
  • Added “loading” status on homepage
  • Added search for Wiki articles in quick-go
  • Discussions are now included when exporting and importing a project

Flow

  • Fixed multi selection on Flow on Windows
  • Fixed navigator on foreign datasets
  • Added support for containers (Docker and Kubernetes) on the “Recipe engines” Flow view

Charts

  • Scalability improvements

Machine learning

  • Fixed the deploy button in the ‘predicted data’ tab of a model in an analysis
  • Fixed ineffective early stopping for XGBoost regression and classification
  • Experimental Python 3 support for custom models in visual machine learning
  • Fixed error when saving an evaluate recipe without a metrics dataset

Recipes

  • New feature: Support for non-equijoins on Impala
  • New feature: Best-effort support for window recipes on MySQL 8.
  • New feature: Capabilities to retrieve authentication info for plugin recipes
  • Filter recipe: don’t lose operator when changing column
  • Improved autocompletion for Python and R recipe code editors
  • Fixed PySpark recipes when using inline UDF

APIs and plugins

  • New feature: New APIs to retrieve authentication information about the current user. This can be used by plugins to identify which user is running them, and by webapps to perform user authentication and authorization.
  • New feature: Added ability to retrieve credentials for a connection directly (if allowed) and improved “location info” on datasets
  • New feature: New mechanism for “per-user secrets” that can be used in plugins

Misc

  • Fixed possible leak of FEK processes leading to their accumulation
  • Added ability to test retrieval of user information for LDAP configuration
  • Fixed creation of insights on foreign datasets
  • Fixed possible memory excursion when reading full datasets in webapps
  • Fixed ability to pass multiple arguments for code envs (Fixes ability to use several Conda channels)
  • Improved error message when DSS fails to start because of an internal database corruption
  • Fixed LDAP login failure when encountering a referral (referrals are now ignored)
  • Various performance improvements

Security

  • Prevented ability for login page to redirect outside DSS
  • Fixed information disclosure throug timing attack that could reveal whether a username was valid
  • Added CSRF protection to DSS notifications websocket
  • Fixed missing code permission check for code steps, triggers and custom variables in scenarios
  • Redacted possibly sensitive information in job and scenario diagnosis when downloaded by non-admin users
  • Added support for AES-256 for passwords encryption

Version 5.0.1 - August 27th, 2018

DSS 5.0.1 is a bugfix release

Datasets

  • New feature: added support of “SQL Query” datasets when using Redshift-to-S3 fast path
  • Do not try to save the sampling settings in explore view if user is not allowed to
  • Fixed table import from Hive stored in CSV format with no escaping character
  • Fixed occasional failure reading Redshift datasets
  • Fixed creation of plugin datasets when schema is not explicitly set by the plugin
  • Fixed HDFS connection selection in mass import screen

Recipes

  • Prepare: Added more available time zones to the date processors
  • Prepare: Fixed stemming processors on Spark engine
  • Sync: Fixed Azure Blob Storage to Azure Data Warehouse fast path if ‘container’ field is empty in Blob storage connection
  • Sync: Fixed Redshift-to-S3 fast path with non equals partitioning dependencies.

Discussions

  • Fixed import of a project’s discussions when importing a project created with a previous DSS version
  • Fixed broken link when mentioning a user with a ‘.’ in his name
  • Preserved comment dates when migrating to discussions
  • Fixed inbox when number of watched objects is above 1024
  • After migration, a project level discussion is now markable as read

Wikis

  • Improved search results with non-ascii keywords

Hadoop & Spark

  • Enabled direct Parquet reading and writing in Spark when the Parquet files have the “spark_schema” type
  • Fixed Hadoop installation script on Redhat 6
  • Fixed usage of advanced properties in Impala connection

Flow

  • In the “tags” flow view, show colors for nodes that have multiple tags but only one of the selected ones
  • Properly highlight managed folders in the “Connections” flow view

Machine learning

  • Fixed model resuming when using gridsearching and maximum number of iterations
  • Restore grid search parameters when reverting the design to a specific model
  • Fixed ‘View origin analysis’ link of saved models after importing a project with a different project key
  • Fixed error in documentation of custom prediction API endpoints

Charts

  • Added automatic update of the detected type when changing the processing engine
  • Fixed color palette in scatter chart when using logarithmic scale and diverging mode
  • Fixed total record counts display on 2D distribution and boxplot charts filters
  • Fixed quantiles mode in 2D distribution charts

Webapps

  • New feature: “Edit in safe mode” does not load the webapp frontend or backend, in order to be able to fix crashing issues

RMarkdown

  • Fixed truncated display in RMarkdown reports view
  • Fixed ‘Create RMarkdown export step’ scenario step when the view format is the same that the download format
  • Fixed RMarkdown attachments in scenario mails that could send stale versions of reports
  • Multi-user-security: add ability for regular users (i.e. without “Write unsafe code”) to write RMarkdown reports
  • Multi-user-security: Fixed RMarkdown reports snapshots
  • Fixed ‘New snapshot’ button on RMarkdown insight

Dashboards

  • Fixed scrolling issue in dashboards
  • Preserve tile size when copying a tile to another slide

Administration

  • Sort groups of a user in the user edition page
  • Fixed SMTP channel authentication when the SMTP server configuration does not allow login and password to be provided

Misc

  • Fixed broken ‘Advanced search’ link in the search side panel
  • Fixed ‘list_articles’ method of public api python wrapper when using it on an empty wiki
  • Fixed dataset types filtering in catalog
  • Fixed long description editing of notebooks metadata
  • Fixed various display issues of items lists
  • Fixed built-in links to the DSS documentation
  • Fixed support for Dutch and Portuguese stop words in Analyze box
  • Allowed regular users (i.e. without “Write unsafe code”) to edit project-level Python libraries
  • Allowed passing the desired type of output to the ‘dkuManagedFolderDownloadPath’ R API function
  • Prevent possible memory overflow when computing metrics

Version 5.0.0 - July 25th, 2018

DSS 5.0.0 is a very major upgrade to DSS with major new features. For a summary of the major new features, see: https://www.dataiku.com/learn/whatsnew

New features

Deep learning

DSS now fully integrates deep learning capabilities to build powerful deep-learning models within the DSS visual machine learning component.

Deep learning in DSS is “semi-visual”:

  • You write the code that defines the architecture of your deep learning model
  • DSS handles all the rest (preprocessing data, feeding model, training, showing charts, integrating Tensorboard, …)

DSS Deep Learning is based on the Keras + TensorFlow couple. You will mostly write Keras code to define your deep learning models.

DSS Deep Learning supports training on CPU and GPU, including multiple GPUs. Through container deployment capabilities, you can train and deploy models on cloud-enabled dynamic GPUs clusters.

Please see Deep Learning for more information

Containerized execution on Docker and Kubernetes

You can now run parts of the processing tasks of the DSS design and automation nodes on one or several hosts, powered by Docker or Kubernetes:

  • Python and R recipes
  • Plugin recipes
  • In-memory machine-learning

This is fully compatible with cloud managed serverless Kubernetes stacks

Please see Running in containers for more information.

Wiki

Each DSS project now contains a Wiki. You can use the Wiki for documentation, organization, sharing, … purposes.

The DSS wiki is based on the well-known Markdown language.

In addition to writing Wiki pages, the DSS wiki features powerful capabilities like attachments and hierarchical taxonomy.

Please see Wikis for more information.

Discussions

You can now have full discussions on any DSS object (dataset, recipe, …). Discussions feature rich editing capabilities, notifications, integrations, …

Discussions replace the old “comments” feature.

Please see Discussions for more information.

New homepage and navigation

The homepage of DSS has been revamped in order to show to each user the most relevant items.

The homepage will show recently used and favorite items first. It shows projects, dashboards and wikis, but also individual items (recipes, datasets, …) for quick deep links.

In addition, the global navigation of DSS has been overhauled, with menus, and better organization.

Grouping projects into folders

You can now organize projects on the projects list into hierarchical folders.

Please see Project folders for more information.

Dashboards exports

Dashboards can now be exported to PDF or image files in order to propagate information inside your organization more easily.

Dashboard exports can be:

  • Created and downloaded manually from the dashboard interface
  • Created automatically and sent by mail using the “mail reporters” mechanism in a scenario
  • Created automatically and stored in a managed folder using a dedicated scenario step

See Exporting dashboards to PDF or images for more information

Resource control

DSS now features full integration with the Linux cgroups functionality in order to restrict resource usages per project, user, category, … and protect DSS against memory overruns.

See Using cgroups for resource control for more information

Other notable enhancements

Support for culling of idle Jupyter notebooks

It is now possible for administrators to automatically stop Jupyter notebooks that have been running or been idle for too long, in order to conserve resources

Support for XGBoost on GPU

With an additional setup step, it is now possible for models trained with XGBoost to use GPUs for faster training.