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Request Schedules

Request Schedules are a way to make periodic requests to models and pipelines, in order to execute your code at a configurable time interval. This can, for example, be useful if your model or pipeline does not depend on direct input data, but instead connects to a data source inside the code.

A Request Schedule can be compared to a traditional Unix cron job that periodically makes requests to your model or pipeline, instead of making requests via the API or manually in the WebApp.

Creating Request Schedules

Request Schedules can be managed in the dedicated area for schedules that can be found in the main menu of the UbiOps WebApp.

A schedule applies to a single model or a pipeline. Each schedule consists of 4 elements:

  • A name, used to identify the schedule in the WebApp and API calls.
  • The object it makes requests to, either a model version or a pipeline.
  • The request data sent with each request, which is a static value. It is currently not yet possible to create a structured model without any input fields. If you do not require input data to your model or pipeline, we suggest to define the model with input type plain and configure an empty string as input.
  • The schedule in the traditional Unix cron job format. This schedule is processed in UTC time.

The WebApp contains a user friendly interface to configure the interval of your Request Schedule without having to write the schedule in cron job format yourself.

In case you would like to configure a more advanced schedule, it is denoted in the format of a standard Unix cron job, consisting of 5 consecutive elements separated by spaces:

  • The minute (0 - 59)
  • The hour (0 - 23)
  • The day of the month (1 - 31)
  • The month (1 - 12)
  • The day of the week (0 - 6) starting with Sunday

The schedule supports all standard elements of the cron job notation, such as * as a wildcard and the slash notation */2 to indicate a step-interval.

For example:

  • * * * * * would execute every minute
  • */5 * * * * would execute every five minutes
  • 15 16 * * * would execute daily at 16:15
  • */2 2-4,19-21 * * * would execute every 2nd minute between 2 and 4 in the morning and 19 and 21 in the evening.

You have the option to let the Request Schedule create normal direct requests or batch requests. The advantage of creating batch requests is that these requests will be visible in the list of batch requests of the model or pipeline, thereby giving better insight in the result of the requests and what exactly is going on. They will, however, execute slightly delayed compared to direct requests.

The requests triggered by the Request Schedule are usually made within 15 seconds of the time defined by the schedule. Please keep in mind that there can be additional delays caused by a cold start of your model, all model instances being busy with other requests, or by the normal execution delay of batch requests.

After creation, a Request Schedule can be disabled and enabled if you want to pause the schedule for a while without deleting it.

Information about managing request schedules via the API can be found on our Swagger API explorer.

Managing access to Request Schedules

There are no separate roles or permissions for request schedules. Users that have permissions to create and list requests to a model or pipeline are also able to create, list, edit or delete request schedules for that model.

Learn more about permissions in UbiOps on Permissions and roles.