A task is the object you use to describe a computation on Qarnot's computing platform.

A task is described by the following properties:

  • a UUID, to uniquely idenfity the task
  • a name, so you can easily identify your tasks when you use the API, one of our SDKs, or the console
  • a profile describing the nature of the task (e.g Blender, Docker)
  • constants definitions (see profiles), used to parametrize the profile (e.g the blender file to render, the docker image to use, the command to execute, ...)
  • a certain number of instances or a given range, describing how many instances of the program should be run
  • input resources (one or several API disks), that will be available for your program to use (see environment for further details on how to access them from your program)

During the execution, the task will have several other properties:

  • a state, among the following values. The order in which they are represented here also reflects the life cycle of the task.
State Signification
Submitted The task has been submitted
PartiallyDispatched Some instances have been dispatched to computing nodes, but none is running yet
FullyDispatched All your instances have been dispatched, but none is running yet
PartiallyExecuting Some instances of the task are running, but some are still in queue
FullyExecuting All the remaining instances of the task are running (some may have completed already)
DownloadingResults The task is complete and results are being downloaded into a disk
Cancelled The task has been canceled by the user
Success The task has finished and every instance have exited with a zero (0) exit code
Failure The task has finished but at least one instances has exited with a non-zero exit code
  • the progress of the computations: a percentage, which instances have completed, have failed, are running, are waiting
  • some details about the running instances, like:
    • CPU usage, nominal and actual frequency (see environment)
    • RAM size and usage
  • the cumulated CPU time (the one that is invoiced), and a human wall time from task creation

When the task has completed, you'll have access to your results, in the form of a disk, and the execution time of the task will be definitely invoiced.


A task is composed of one or several instances. Each instance will execute on its own computing node, and every instance will have the same profile, input data and constants, to the exception of:

  • the INSTANCE_ID constant, which is set to the instance number (see profiles for details on constants)
  • the INSTANCE_ID environment variable (see environment for details on the execution environment)

When creating a task, you can specify a number of instances, or you can be more specific on which values INSTANCE_ID will take by using a range.

Parallelism between instances

As much as possible, the instances of your tasks will run in parallel on different nodes. If not enough compute nodes are available or if your maximum simultaneous CPU limit has been reached, the remaining instances are put in queue by the Qarnot scheduler. They will be dispatched when free compute nodes become available, or some of your other frames complete.

Instances are running on different geographical locations, so running communicating applications such as MPI is not possible out of the box. MPI tasks are supported but have not been made available for public use. You can contact us if you need to run this kind of tasks.

Error handling

Task failure

Failure or success is determined by your program's return code: zero (0) for success, non-zero for failure.


stdout and stderr: You can access your application standard output and error through our REST API. Please note that they are reported with a best effort logic. If the log rate is too high, some parts will be truncated and replaced by [...].

REST API error codes: If you encounter a REST API error, you can refer to the common errors page.

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