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Batch Shipyard


Batch Shipyard is a tool to help provision, execute, and monitor container-based batch processing and HPC workloads on Azure Batch. Batch Shipyard supports both Docker and Singularity containers. No experience with the Azure Batch SDK is needed; run your containers with easy-to-understand configuration files. All Azure regions are supported, including non-public Azure regions.

Additionally, Batch Shipyard provides the ability to provision and manage entire standalone remote file systems (storage clusters) in Azure, independent of any integrated Azure Batch functionality.

Major Features

Container Runtime and Image Management

  • Support for multiple container runtimes including Docker, Singularity, and Kata Containers tuned for Azure Batch compute nodes
  • Automated deployment of container images required for tasks to compute nodes
  • Transparent support for GPU-accelerated container applications on both Docker and Singularity on Azure N-Series VM instances
  • Support for Docker Registries including Azure Container Registry, other Internet-accessible public and private registries, and support for the Singularity Hub Container Registry
  • Accelerated Docker and Singularity image deployment at scale to compute pools consisting of a large number of VMs via private peer-to-peer distribution of container images among the compute nodes

Data Management and Shared File Systems


Open Source Scheduler Integration

Azure Ecosystem Integration

Azure Batch Integration and Enhancements

  • Federation support: enables unified, constraint-based scheduling to collections of heterogeneous pools, including across multiple Batch accounts and Azure regions
  • Support for simple, scenario-based pool autoscale and autopool to dynamically scale and control computing resources on-demand
  • Support for Task Factories with the ability to generate tasks based on parametric (parameter) sweeps, randomized input, file enumeration, replication, and custom Python code-based generators
  • Support for multi-instance tasks to accommodate MPI and multi-node cluster applications packaged as Docker or Singularity containers on compute pools with automatic job completion and task termination
  • Transparent assist for running Docker and Singularity containers utilizing Infiniband/RDMA for MPI on HPC low-latency Azure VM instances including A-Series, H-Series, and N-Series
  • Seamless integration with Azure Batch job, task and file concepts along with full pass-through of the Azure Batch API to containers executed on compute nodes
  • Support for Azure Batch task dependencies allowing complex processing pipelines and DAGs
  • Support for merge or final task specification that automatically depends on all other tasks within the job
  • Support for job schedules and recurrences for automatic execution of tasks at set intervals
  • Support for live job and job schedule migration between pools
  • Support for Low Priority Compute Nodes
  • Support for deploying Batch compute nodes into a specified Virtual Network
  • Automatic setup of SSH or RDP users to all nodes in the compute pool and optional creation of SSH tunneling scripts to Docker Hosts on compute nodes
  • Support for custom host images
  • Support for Windows Containers on compliant Windows compute node pools with the ability to activate Azure Hybrid Use Benefit if applicable


Local Installation

Please see the installation guide for more information regarding the various local installation options and requirements.

Azure Cloud Shell

Batch Shipyard is integrated directly into Azure Cloud Shell and you can execute any Batch Shipyard workload using your web browser or the Microsoft Azure Android and iOS app.

Simply request a Cloud Shell session and type shipyard to invoke the CLI; no installation is required. Try Batch Shipyard now from your browser: Launch Cloud Shell

Documentation and Recipes

Please refer to the Batch Shipyard Documentation on Read the Docs.

Visit the Batch Shipyard Recipes section for various sample container workloads using Azure Batch and Batch Shipyard.

Batch Shipyard Compute Node Host OS Support

Batch Shipyard is currently compatible with popular Azure Batch supported Marketplace Linux VMs, compliant Linux custom images, and native Azure Batch Windows Server with Containers VMs. Please see the platform image support documentation for more information specific to Batch Shipyard support of compute node host operating systems.

Change Log

Please see the Change Log for project history.

Please see this project's Code of Conduct and Contributing guidelines.