Source code for torch.distributed.elastic.multiprocessing.errors

#!/usr/bin/env python3

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Each host in a distributed PyTorch job runs with a single TorchElastic agent,
and multiple workers (as children processes of the TorchElastic agent).
Since the workers are user-provided (your PyTorch script/job), TorchElastic
has a way to propagate errors on the trainers through the agent and up to the
scheduler, which ultimately informs the end-user about the state of the job
and applies any retry policies.

TorchElastic categorizes errors into 3 categories:

| Category       | Sub-Category   |  Description                                                 |
| User Error     | Input Error    | invalid inputs to TorchElastic APIs (e.g. min > max nodes)   |
|                +----------------+--------------------------------------------------------------+
|                | Worker Failure | any failures on the worker child process                     |
| Platform Error |      n/a       | failures caused by the agent                                 |
| Infra Error    |      n/a       | failures outside the domain of the agent and workers         |
|                |                | (e.g. host failures)                                         |

All errors other than "Worker Failure" are either raised canonically from the
agent process or implicitly or explicitly crash the agent process. So the
standard language (python) provided exception handling strategies apply.

Worker Failures are special because the exception/failure originates on a different
process from the agent so the error needs to be propagated inter-process
(e.g. the agent cannot simply ``try-catch`` an exception raised on the worker process).

TorchElastic agents use :func:`torch.distributed.elastic.multiprocessing.start_processes`
to launch the workers which has a simple file based inter-process error propagation

Any function or binary entrypoint decorated with :func:`record`
will write uncaught exceptions (with the trace information) to a file specified by the
environment variable ``TORCHELASTIC_ERROR_FILE``. The parent process (e.g. agent)
sets this env var on each child it launches, then aggregates the error files for all
children, and propagates the one with the **smallest** timestamp (e.g. the **first** error).

import json
import os
import signal
import time
import warnings
from dataclasses import dataclass, field
from datetime import datetime
from functools import wraps
from string import Template
from typing import Callable, Dict, List, Optional, Tuple, TypeVar, Any

from torch.distributed.elastic.utils.logging import get_logger

from .error_handler import ErrorHandler  # noqa: F401
from .handlers import get_error_handler  # noqa: F401

log = get_logger()

JSON = Dict

_EMPTY_ERROR_DATA = {"message": "<NONE>"}

T = TypeVar("T")

[docs]@dataclass class ProcessFailure: """ Represents the failed process result. When the worker process fails, it may record failure root cause into the file. Tries to read the failure timestamp from the provided ``error_file``, if the ``error_file`` does not exist, the timestamp is the current timestamp (seconds since epoch). The ``message`` field is a concise explanation of the failure. If the error file exists then the message is obtained from the error file. Otherwise one is generated based on the failure signature. .. note:: It is assumed that the ``error_file`` is written by ``torch.distributed.elastic.multiprocessing.errors.error_handler.ErrorHandler``. Otherwise the behavior is undefined. """ local_rank: int pid: int exitcode: int error_file: str error_file_data: JSON = field(init=False) message: str = field(init=False) timestamp: int = field(init=False) def __post_init__(self): self.error_file_data = _EMPTY_ERROR_DATA if os.path.isfile(self.error_file): try: with open(self.error_file, "r") as fp: self.error_file_data = json.load(fp) f"User process failed with error data: {json.dumps(self.error_file_data, indent=2)}" ) self.message, self.timestamp = self._get_error_data( self.error_file_data ) except Exception: log.exception(f"Failed to parse reply file: {self.error_file}") raise else: self._set_no_reply_file() # make up an informative message if not already present if not self.message: # signals typically do not generate an error file message if self.exitcode < 0: self.message = ( f"Signal {-self.exitcode} ({self.signal_name()})" f" received by PID {}" ) else: self.message = f"Process failed with exitcode {self.exitcode}" def _get_error_data(self, error_file_data: Dict[str, Any]) -> Tuple[str, int]: message = error_file_data["message"] if isinstance(message, str): timestamp = error_file_data.get("timestamp", 0) else: timestamp = int(message["extraInfo"]["timestamp"]) return (message, timestamp) def _set_no_reply_file(self): self.error_file = _NOT_AVAILABLE self.error_file_data = _EMPTY_ERROR_DATA self.message = "" self.timestamp = int(time.time()) def signal_name(self) -> str: if self.exitcode < 0: return signal.Signals(-self.exitcode).name else: return _NOT_AVAILABLE def timestamp_isoformat(self): """ Returns timestamp in ISO format (YYYY-MM-DD_HH:MM:SS) """ return datetime.fromtimestamp(self.timestamp).isoformat(sep="_")
GlobalRank = int _FAILURE_FORMAT_TEMPLATE = """[${idx}]: time: ${time} rank: ${rank} (local_rank: ${local_rank}) exitcode: ${exitcode} (pid: ${pid}) error_file: ${error_file} msg: ${message}""" # extra new lines before and after are intentional _MSG_FORMAT_TEMPLATE = """ ${boarder} ${title} ${section} Root Cause: ${root_failure} ${section} Other Failures: ${other_failures} ${boarder} """
[docs]class ChildFailedError(Exception): """ Special exception type that can be raised from a function annotated with the ``@record`` decorator to have the child process' (root exception) propagate up the stack as-is (e.g. without being wrapped in the parent's traceback). Useful in cases where the parent is a simple nanny process and the child (worker) processes are actually doing meaningful compute. In this case, errors typically occur on the child process as the parent is not doing anything non-trivial, and child errors should be propagated to the scheduler for accurate root cause diagnostics. .. note:: The propagation relies on error files rather than exception handling to support both function and binary launches. Example: :: # process tree on a host (container) 0: scheduler-init-process: |- 1: torchelastic_agent: |- 2: trainer_0 (ok) |- 3: trainer_1 (fail) -> error.json |- ... |- n+2: trainer_n (ok) |- n+3: other processes |- ... In the example above, trainer 1's failure (written into error.json) is the root cause and should be reported to the scheduler's init process. The torchelastic agent raises a ``ChildFailedError("trainer", {1: "trainer_1/error.json"})`` upon detecting trainer 1's failure which would propagate the contents of trainer 1's error file to the scheduler's init process. """ def __init__(self, name: str, failures: Dict[GlobalRank, ProcessFailure]): = name self.failures = failures assert ( self.failures ) # does not make sense to create a ChildFaileError with no failures super().__init__(self.format_msg()) def get_first_failure(self) -> Tuple[GlobalRank, ProcessFailure]: rank = min(self.failures.keys(), key=lambda r: self.failures[r].timestamp) return rank, self.failures[rank] def format_msg(self, boarder_delim="*", section_delim="="): title = f" {} FAILED " root_rank, root_failure = self.get_first_failure() root_failure_fmt: str = "" other_failures_fmt: List[str] = [] width = len(title) for idx, (rank, failure) in enumerate(self.failures.items()): fmt, w = self._format_failure(idx, rank, failure) width = max(width, w) if rank == root_rank: root_failure_fmt = fmt else: other_failures_fmt.append(fmt) return Template(_MSG_FORMAT_TEMPLATE).substitute( boarder=boarder_delim * width,, section=section_delim * width, root_failure=root_failure_fmt, other_failures="\n".join(other_failures_fmt or [" <NO_OTHER_FAILURES>"]), ) def _format_failure( self, idx: int, rank: int, failure: ProcessFailure ) -> Tuple[str, int]: if isinstance(failure.message, str): msg = '"' + failure.message + '"' else: try: dmp = json.dumps(failure.message, indent=2) except ValueError: msg = failure.message else: msg = os.linesep # Indent by 4 chars. for l in dmp.splitlines(): msg += f" {l}{os.linesep}" fmt = Template(_FAILURE_FORMAT_TEMPLATE).substitute( idx=idx, time=failure.timestamp_isoformat(), rank=rank, local_rank=failure.local_rank, exitcode=failure.exitcode,, error_file=failure.error_file, message=msg, ) width = 0 for line in fmt.split("\n"): width = max(width, len(line)) return fmt, width
def _no_error_file_warning_msg(rank: int, failure: ProcessFailure) -> str: msg = [ "CHILD PROCESS FAILED WITH NO ERROR_FILE", f"Child process {} (local_rank {rank}) FAILED (exitcode {failure.exitcode})", f"Error msg: {failure.message}", f"Without writing an error file to {failure.error_file}.", "While this DOES NOT affect the correctness of your application,", "no trace information about the error will be available for inspection.", "Consider decorating your top level entrypoint function with", "torch.distributed.elastic.multiprocessing.errors.record. Example:", "", r" from torch.distributed.elastic.multiprocessing.errors import record", "", r" @record", r" def trainer_main(args):", r" # do train", ] width = 0 for line in msg: width = max(width, len(line)) boarder = "*" * width header = "CHILD PROCESS FAILED WITH NO ERROR_FILE".center(width) return "\n".join(["\n", boarder, header, boarder, *msg, boarder])
[docs]def record( fn: Callable[..., T], error_handler: Optional[ErrorHandler] = None ) -> Callable[..., T]: """ Syntactic sugar to record errors/exceptions that happened in the decorated function using the provided ``error_handler``. Using this decorator is equivalent to: :: error_handler = get_error_handler() error_handler.initialize() try: foobar() except ChildFailedError as e: _, failure = e.get_first_failure() error_handler.dump_error_file(failure.error_file, failure.exitcode) raise except Exception as e: error_handler.record(e) raise .. important:: use this decorator once per process at the top level method, typically this is the main method. Example :: @record def main(): pass if __name__=="__main__": main() """ if not error_handler: error_handler = get_error_handler() def wrap(f): @wraps(f) def wrapper(*args, **kwargs): assert error_handler is not None # assertion for mypy type checker error_handler.initialize() try: return f(*args, **kwargs) except ChildFailedError as e: rank, failure = e.get_first_failure() if failure.error_file != _NOT_AVAILABLE: error_handler.dump_error_file(failure.error_file, failure.exitcode) else: warnings.warn(_no_error_file_warning_msg(rank, failure)) raise except Exception as e: error_handler.record_exception(e) raise return wrapper return wrap(fn)


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