Quickstart#

Welcome to the 3LC Enterprise Quickstart guide! This guide is intended for developers, data scientists, and system administrators who are looking to get started with 3LC Enterprise.

Requirements#

In order to install 3LC Enterprise, you should have been provided the following through an agreement with 3LC, Inc.

  • Credentials to access our private Python repository. These are in the form of a user-name and a password. From here on these are called USERNAME and PASSWORD respectively.

  • A license key, hereafter called LICENSE_KEY

Furthermore, 3LC has the following system requirements.

  • Python 3.8 - 3.11 (on macOS: 3.9 - 3.11)

  • Microsoft Windows 10 and 11 (x86)

  • macOS Ventura (version 13) and newer (M series ARM-based)

  • Ubuntu 20.04 (x86-64) is our supported Linux platform

    • Most other GLibc based Linux distributions are expected to work, but these are untested and unsupported.

  • Chrome and Edge web-browsers, with GPU acceleration enabled. The dashboard uses WebGL to hardware accelerate the rendering of 2D and 3D graphs.

    • It is possible to use check your browser settings to view hardware acceleration

      • Chrome: Go to URL chrome://gpu and verify WebGL is set to “Hardware accelerated”

      • Edge: Go to URL edge://gpu and verify WebGL is set to “Hardware accelerated”

  • PyTorch and TorchVision version 1.9 or above

Installation#

PyTorch and Torchvision Prerequisites#

In order to use 3LC, PyTorch and Torchvision must be installed in the Python environment. PyTorch provides packages targeting various compute platforms. You may scroll down on that page to find installation guidance and instructions for your platform. We strongly recommend using a CUDA-enabled version of PyTorch if you have a compatible GPU available.

Because there is not a single particular package for PyTorch that is appropriate for all 3LC users, the tlc package does not list torch and torchvision as formal dependencies that get installed when tlc is installed. This means that installing 3LC does not interfere with your existing PyTorch installation, but instead just works with whichever PyTorch is already present in the environment.

Install 3LC Enterprise#

Make sure to exchange the credential placeholders (USERNAME and PASSWORD) in the snippet below before executing.

python -m pip install --index-url https://<USERNAME>:<PASSWORD>@pypi.3lc.ai/repositories/releases --extra-index-url https://pypi.org/simple tlc-enterprise

3LC Object Service and Dashboard#

The Object Service and Dashboard are key components of 3LC Enterprise, enabling communication between the UI and notebooks. Both components need to be explicitly started from the terminal in order to use the system.

License Setup#

The Object Service requires a valid license in order to run. The license key can be specified using any of the following options:

Environment Variable: The environment variable TLC_LICENSE should be set to point to either a file containing the license key, or to the license key itself. E.g.

  • Windows: set TLC_LICENSE=<LICENSE_KEY>

  • Linux: export TLC_LICENSE=<LICENSE_KEY>

Default License File: If the environment variable isn’t set (or is invalid) 3LC will look in the following default location for license file:

  • Windows: %LOCALAPPDATA%\3LC\3LC\3lc_license

  • Linux: $HOME/.config/3LC/3lc_license

Start the 3LC Object Service#

The Object Service facilitates the sharing of samples and metrics between the different client components in 3LC.

To start the service with a predefined example configuration, the --with-public-examples option can be supplied. It extends the configuration to include some illustrative example projects and data.

3lc service --with-public-examples
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Often you want to run the 3LC Dashboard on the same machine as the Object Service. It is therefore convenient to let the service also open the Dashboard. This can be done by adding the --dashboard command line argument.

3lc service --dashboard

The Object Service can be terminated by pressing Ctrl-C from the terminal window.

Start the 3LC Dashboard#

If the Dashboard has not been started with the --dashboard option described above, then open a new terminal and start the Dashboard with:

3lc-dashboard

That command will output the URL to the Dashboard, which you should be able to connect to using a web-browser.

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The Dashboard is terminated by pressing Ctrl-C from the terminal window.

Next Steps#

With the Object Service and Dashboard running, the next step is to integrate 3LC into your Python Notebooks to gather data and metrics for display in the 3LC Dashboard. For specific implementation examples with popular machine learning frameworks and computer vision workflows, refer to the Example Notebooks. For a comprehensive overview of the entire system, consult the User Guide.