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OpenAI on Kubernetes

AI lab tooling long read #2: OpenAI added a blog post about scaling Kubernetes to 7,500 nodes. Kubernetes is a system for orchestrating Docker containers across a datacenter, and I think most compute-heavy companies use it by now. Both startups I’ve worked at also use it for their machine learning workloads — but at a scale on the order of tens or hundreds of nodes, not many thousands. At that scale, a whole load of problems and potential optimizations suddenly become worth their engineer-time to look at, and that’s exactly what OpenAI does in this detailed post. (A fun fact I quite enjoy and will probably never have a better excuse to share in DT than now: Kubernetes is abbreviated as K8s — “K-then-eight-letters-then-s,” like how internationalization is i18n — and there’s a management tool for Kubernetes called K9s. At first sight, the name just looks like a typical programmer move, “K8+1s = K9s,” but it has another level to it: if you pronounce K9s as a word, it sounds like “canines” — dogs! So the logo for K9s is a dog. 🐩)