1. Managing Google Service Account Credentials for AI Workloads


    When setting up Google Service Account credentials for AI workloads, the first step is to create a service account. This account acts on behalf of your application, not any individual end user. Service accounts allow your application to authenticate and gain access to Google Cloud services.

    Here's what we will do:

    1. Create a Service Account: We will create a Google Cloud service account which your applications can use to call Google APIs.

    2. Manage the IAM Policy: We will grant specific permissions to the service account so it can access necessary Google Cloud resources.

    3. Create a Service Account Key: Service accounts use keys for authentication. We will create a key that your application can use to authenticate its requests.

    Let's write the Pulumi program in Python to manage these resources.

    import pulumi import pulumi_gcp as gcp # Import the Google Cloud provider # Step 1: Create a new Google Cloud Service Account for your AI application ai_service_account = gcp.serviceaccount.Account("aiServiceAccount", account_id="my-ai-app", display_name="AI App Service Account") # Step 2: Set the IAM Policy for the Service Account # The following example assumes that you're granting the role 'roles/ai.platformUser' # which enables the service account to access AI Platform resources. Adjust the role accordingly. iam_policy = gcp.serviceaccount.IAMPolicy("aiServiceAccountIAMPolicy", service_account_id=ai_service_account.name, policy_data=pulumi.Output.all(ai_service_account.project, ai_service_account.email).apply( lambda args: { "bindings": [{ "members": [f"serviceAccount:{args[1]}"], "role": "roles/ai.platformUser", }], } )) # Step 3: Create a Service Account Key # This key file will be used to authenticate your application's requests to Google Cloud services. ai_service_account_key = gcp.serviceaccount.Key("aiServiceAccountKey", service_account_id=ai_service_account.name, private_key_type="TYPE_GOOGLE_CREDENTIALS_FILE", public_key_type="TYPE_X509_PEM_FILE") # Export the service account email and the contents of the service account key file. pulumi.export("ai_service_account_email", ai_service_account.email) pulumi.export("ai_service_account_key", ai_service_account_key.private_key)


    • We first create a serviceaccount.Account, which creates a new service account that our application will use.

    • We create an IAMPolicy attached to our service account. The IAM policy specifies the permissions assigned to the service account. Here, we use pulumi.Output.all to combine outputs from different resources. Using apply, we construct the JSON policy data dynamically, depending on our service account project and email. We assign the role roles/ai.platformUser which should be modified based on what specific AI Platform permissions your workload requires.

    • We then generate a serviceaccount.Key for the service account which is essential for the service account to authenticate with Google services.

    At the end of the program, we export the service account email and the key information, which you can use for authenticating services or applications that call AI services on Google Cloud.

    Note on Security

    Handle the service account key file with the utmost care. It provides authentication credentials for your service account. Protect this key as you would any other sensitive credential.

    To run this Pulumi program:

    1. Save the code into a file with a .py extension, for example manage_ai_service_account.py.
    2. Set up and select your GCP project using gcp CLI or the Pulumi configuration.
    3. Run pulumi up to preview and deploy the changes. It will show you what resources will be created before actually creating them.

    Remember, you need to have Pulumi installed and configured to access your GCP account. For detailed instructions on how to set up Pulumi for GCP, please refer to the official Pulumi documentation.