Introducing Kyso 2.0
Collaborative and Reproducible Data Science
The team have been working hard over the last few months to bring you this latest version of Kyso. As a lot of you already know, we've recently made significant changes to our cloud infrastrucuture, ensuring high-end performance for our users when operating in their workspaces. But we've also completely revamped our UI to make navigation and search more efficient, and released a new Jupyterlab extension that allows users to publish to Kyso's platform from anywhere with internet connection and a Kyso account.
Ultimately, these new functionalities bring us ever-closer to the team's vision of the future data science workflow. To that end, we're excited to bring you the latest release of Kyso!
Notebooks and Workspaces
The first difference users will notice when they log in is Kyso's new navbar. Click on the + New button to either upload a notebook or to start a new workspace (Jupyterlab environment). From your avatar in the far-left corner you can also navigate to the blog & documentation pages, as well as to your own personal profile.
On the upload page, you can upload multiple files at once, but must choose a main notebook (.ipynb) file for Kyso to render on our frontend. Any other selected files will be attached and available if you open the publication in a workspace.
Personal Dashboard and Profile
Clicking on My Dashboard will take you to the screen seen below, which is a list of all your existing workspaces and published notebooks. As you can see you now have the ability to start and stop containers as your require them. Clicking on the workspace link itself without first pressing Start will also spin up Jupyerlab, to which you'll be redirected when it's ready.
On your profile page you can edit your avatar and bio. This is a simple dashboard of all your published notebooks, the page that other users will see when they search for your work.
Users now have the option to tag their published notebooks with descriptive terms. Taking the example below, my publication is an intro to the work of renowned economist, Thomas Pikkety, and I created the plots using the bokeh plotting library. Accordingly, I've tagged the notebook with pikkety, economics, and bokeh. Once any given tag achieves a pre-defined number, the notebooks will appear as collections on Kyso's explore page.
We have rearranged the notebook's navbar too. Clicking on the comment icon will auto-scroll to the comments section at the notebook's end. Open in workspace will fire up a new Jupyterlab environment containing the notebook and any attached files. Click fork when reading another user's notebook to clone that study onto your own profile. You can then opt to open it in a workspace.
Clicking on the 3 dots on the right-hand side will open up the drop-down menu as seen above, where you can print, view previous versions, embed, share or download the publication.
Search Kyso's explore page for interesting notebooks to read and perhaps fork. Notebooks on this page are ranked by publication date and popularity.
Kyso's Jupyterlab Extension
We're huge fans of Project Jupyter at Kyso, and we're going all-in on JupyterLab, the next-gen evolution of the Jupyter Notebook. JupyterLab is a fully extensible interactive computing environment, with all sorts of powerful features in a single customizable UI, file browser with rich outputs for images, CSVs, TSVs, and full terminal access.
Perhaps the feature we are most proud of is our new kyso publish extension. Pre-installed on Kyso's workspaces, this plugin allows anyone to publish to our platform from any Jupyterlab environment. We have made a bunch of example guides on how one can set up Jupyterlab environments on AWS, GCP, Azure and DigitalOcean virtual machines. This is of particular use to those, for example, running compute-intensive notebooks on a GPU-powered instance on any one of the above cloud solutions, that may not run as smoothly on our machines. Now you can still publish your results as awesome data blogs to Kyso.
While we are very happy with the recent improvements made to the platform, we are looking to add to them very quick. Over the coming weeks, expect to see the following:
- Better Github Integration
- File Browser
- Shareable Dashboards
- Pro and Team Plans
We removed the old Github feature with plans to implement a better app in the very near future. Soon, users will be able to import their Github repositories into Kyso, make changes locally & push to Github, which will be automatically reflected in your published notebooks on Kyso.
At the moment, when you publish a notebook, all associated files and other notebooks in the same directory are attached. But now you'll be able to actually browse those files and even switch the notebook rendered on our frontend - meaning you can publish an entire multi-notebook repository as one publication.
Two new paid features will soon be avaible for those looking for more; larger virtual machines, access to private repositories and the ability to share within teams, including both notebooks and dashboards.
A Note on Kyso's Free Tier
As mentioned above, we will be implementing paid plans very soon. As such, it is important to highlight the features everyone has access to on the basic plan:
- Unlimited public publications.
- Run only 1 workspace at any given time. Users can have an unlimited number of workspaces.
- Maximum of 3 hours before workspace is shut down at any one time. Users can start up the workspace again when they wish.
- Low CPU priority.
- Number of total hours across all workspaces is limited to a maximum of 10 hours per month.
Please contact email@example.com for more info on upgrading to our pro and team plans, coming soon!