It's important to ensure that jobs and services are robust and that they respect SLAs.

Polyaxon exposes a section for handling failure and managing termination.

You can set a default termination on the component level and override the values for each operation, or you can only define termination on some operation without setting too much information on the component. You can also use the scheduling presets to define one or multiple termination configurations that you can use with one or several of your operations.

Handling failures with max retries

In order to make your operations resilient to failure that could happen for a variety of reasons:

  • pod preemption, node failure, ...
  • HTTP requests failing when fetching data or assets
  • Service or external API down or unavailable for a short period of time

Polyaxon provides a concept called max_retries.

Enforcing SLAs with timeout

It's also important to enforce SLAs (Service Level Agreements) for your operations. Polyaxon provides the timeout section that will stop a job or service if it does not succeed or terminate on its own during the time window defined in the termination timeout.

Timeout can be combined with hooks/notifications to deliver the necessary information to users or external services.

Debugging with TTL

The third key in the termination section is ttl. By default, Polyaxon cleans out and removes all cluster resources as soon as an operation is done. It is often necessary to keep a job or a service after it's done for sanity checks or debugging purposes.