Accessing Object Storage in GCP


This tutorial demonstrates how to access your Google Cloud Storage from Neuro Platform. You will create a new Neuro project, a new project in GCP, a service account, and a bucket and make that bucket is accessible from Neuro Platform job.

Make sure you have CLI installed.

Creating Neuro and GCP Projects

To create a new Neuro project, run:

neuro project init
cd <project-slug>
make setup

It's a good practice to limit the scope of access to a specific GCP project. To create a new GCP Project, run:

PROJECT_ID=${PWD##*/} # name of the current directory
gcloud projects create $PROJECT_ID
gcloud config set project $PROJECT_ID

Make sure to set billing account for your GCP project. See Creating and Managing Projects for details.

Creating a Service Account and Uploading an Account Key

First, create a service account the job will impersonate into:

gcloud iam service-accounts create $SA_NAME \
--description "Neuro Platform Job Service Account" \
--display-name "Neuro Platform Job"

See Creating and managing service accounts for details.

Then download account key:

gcloud iam service-accounts keys create ./config/$SA_NAME-key.json \
--iam-account $SA_NAME@$

Check that the newly created key is located at $PROJECT_ID/config/.

Set up a required environment variable to point to this file:

export GCP_SECRET_FILE=$SA_NAME-key.json

Please note that in this case we export environment variable so that it becomes visible in Makefile (alternatively, you can manually edit Makefile and change the value in the line GCP_SECRET_FILE?=neuro-job-key.json).

Check that Neuro project detects the file:

make gcloud-check-auth

This command should print something like: Google Cloud will be authenticated via service account key file: '/project-path/config/$SA_NAME-key.json'.

Your key is now available as /$PROJECT_ID/config/$SA_NAME-key.json from within your jobs.

Creating a Bucket and Granting Access

Now, create a new bucket. Remember: bucket names are globally unique (see more information on bucket naming conventions).

gsutil mb gs://$BUCKET_NAME/

Grant access to the bucket:

# Permissions for gsutil:
gsutil iam ch serviceAccount:$SA_NAME@$$PERM gs://$BUCKET_NAME
# Permissions for client APIs:
gsutil iam ch serviceAccount:$SA_NAME@$$PERM gs://$BUCKET_NAME


Create a file and upload it into Google Cloud Storage Bucket:

echo "Hello World" | gsutil cp - gs://$BUCKET_NAME/hello.txt

Run a development job and connect to the job's shell:

export PRESET=cpu-small # to avoid consuming GPU for this test
make develop
make connect-develop

In your job's shell, try to use gsutil to access your bucket:

gsutil cat gs://my-neuro-bucket-42/hello.txt

Please note that in develop, train, and jupyter jobs the environment variable GOOGLE_APPLICATION_CREDENTIALS points to your key file. So you can use it to authenticate other libraries.

For instance, you can access your bucket via Python API provided by package google-cloud-storage:

>>> from import storage
>>> bucket = storage.Client().get_bucket("my-neuro-bucket-42")
>>> text = bucket.get_blob("hello.txt").download_as_string()
>>> print(text)
b'Hello World\n'

To close remote terminal session, press ^D or type exit.

Please don't forget to terminate your job when you don't need it anymore:

make kill-develop