Dask.distributed integrates with Joblib by providing an alternative cluster-computing backend, alongside Joblib’s builtin threading and multiprocessing backends. This enables training a scikit-learn model in parallel using a cluster of machines.

The following video demonstrates how to use Dask to parallelize a grid search across a cluster.

Joblib is a library for simple parallel programming primarily developed and used by the Scikit Learn community. As of version 0.10.0 it contains a plugin mechanism to allow Joblib code to use other parallel frameworks to execute computations. The dask.distributed scheduler implements such a plugin in the dask_ml.joblib module and registers it appropriately with Joblib when imported. As a result, any joblib code (including many scikit-learn algorithms) will run on the distributed scheduler if you enclose it in a context manager as follows:

import dask_ml.joblib  # registers joblib plugin
from dask.distributed import Client

client = Client(processes=False)             # create local cluster
# client = Client("scheduler-address:8786")  # or connect to remote cluster

from joblib import Parallel, parallel_backend

with parallel_backend('dask'):
    # normal Joblib code

Note that scikit-learn bundles joblib internally, so if you want to specify the joblib backend you’ll need to import parallel_backend from scikit-learn instead of joblib. As an example you might distributed a randomized cross validated parameter search as follows.

import dask_ml.joblib  # registers joblib plugin
# Scikit-learn bundles joblib, so you need to import from
# `sklearn.externals.joblib` instead of `joblib` directly
from sklearn.externals.joblib import parallel_backend
from sklearn.datasets import load_digits
from sklearn.grid_search import RandomizedSearchCV
from sklearn.svm import SVC
import numpy as np

digits = load_digits()

param_space = {
    'C': np.logspace(-6, 6, 13),
    'gamma': np.logspace(-8, 8, 17),
    'tol': np.logspace(-4, -1, 4),
    'class_weight': [None, 'balanced'],

model = SVC(kernel='rbf')
search = RandomizedSearchCV(model, param_space, cv=3, n_iter=50, verbose=10)

with parallel_backend('dask'):,

For large arguments that are used by multiple tasks, it may be more efficient to pre-scatter the data to every worker, rather than serializing it once for every task. This can be done using the scatter keyword argument, which takes an iterable of objects to send to each worker.

# Serialize the training data only once to each worker
with parallel_backend('dask', scatter=[,]):,