1. High Throughput Blob Storage for AI Model Training


    When setting up cloud infrastructure for AI model training, a common requirement is a high throughput storage solution that can handle large datasets efficiently. Blob storage services are ideal for this purpose as they are designed to store vast amounts of unstructured data. Azure Blob Storage is a service by Microsoft Azure that provides scalable, high-performance storage for data such as text, binary, and media files. It can handle millions of requests per second, making it suitable for high throughput scenarios such as AI model training.

    Let's create a Pulumi program that sets up a high throughput Azure Blob Storage account using Python. This program will include the necessary components to create a storage account, a blob container within the account, and exemplify how to set performance configurations for optimized throughput.

    In this program, we use the azure_native.storage module from the Pulumi Azure Native provider, which gives us access to an extensive range of resources with fine-grained control over our Azure infrastructure.

    Firstly, we'll create a "Storage Account" which serves as a namespace where all the blobs reside. The Sku argument will be set to Premium_LRS as it provides high-throughput performance for block blobs.

    Next, we create a "Blob Container" in the newly created storage account where our blobs will be stored.

    This program assumes that you have the Pulumi CLI installed and configured with the necessary Azure credentials.

    import pulumi import pulumi_azure_native as azure_native # Create an Azure Resource Group. resource_group = azure_native.resources.ResourceGroup("resource_group") # Create an Azure Storage Account with high throughput settings. storage_account = azure_native.storage.StorageAccount("storage_account", resource_group_name=resource_group.name, sku=azure_native.storage.SkuArgs(name=azure_native.storage.SkuName.PREMIUM_LRS), kind=azure_native.storage.Kind.BLOCKBLOBSTORAGE, location=resource_group.location, # Enable large file shares for higher throughput. large_file_shares_state=azure_native.storage.LargeFileSharesState.ENABLED) # Create a Blob Container in the Storage Account. blob_container = azure_native.storage.BlobContainer("blob_container", account_name=storage_account.name, resource_group_name=resource_group.name) # Exporting the primary blob endpoint of the Storage Account. primary_blob_endpoint = pulumi.Output.concat("https://", storage_account.name, ".blob.core.windows.net/") pulumi.export("primary_blob_endpoint", primary_blob_endpoint) # Exporting the name of the Blob Container. pulumi.export("blob_container_name", blob_container.name)

    In this program:

    • We use ResourceGroup to create a new resource group where our storage resources will reside.
    • The StorageAccount is provisioned with a SkuName set to PREMIUM_LRS. This is the premium performance tier which is optimized for storage-intensive workloads. The kind is set to BLOCKBLOBSTORAGE, which is optimized for storing block blobs and append blobs.
    • The BlobContainer is created where the blobs can be uploaded and used for AI model training.

    To run this Pulumi program, you will need to install Pulumi and the Pulumi Azure Native provider. Once installed, you can execute pulumi up in the directory of your Pulumi project to deploy these resources.

    After deployment, the output will provide you with the Storage Account's primary blob endpoint and the Blob Container's name. You can then upload your AI datasets to this container and use them for training your models.