5. Developer’s setup on Ubuntu (medium/high level users)

The following procedure works only if your OS is Ubuntu and you have local administrator’s rights (that is, sudo).

Besides, you are likely to need access to velesnet.ml.

5.1. Clone

sudo apt-get install git
git clone https://github.com/Samsung/veles.git
cd veles

Execution of init script is neccessary, because Veles submodules require special processing.


5.2. Repositories

5.2.1. Veles Debian repository

Add Smaug repository to your /etc/apt/sources.list:

sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list

Add below line to the end of file:

deb https://velesnet.ml/apt trusty main

On newer Ubuntu, replace trusty with your distribution code name.

If Smaug is not accessible from your point, there are two options left: either fall back to User’s setup (Cluster deployers and entry/medium level users of GNU/Linux) or obtain a mirror server. The latter requires you to have the archive with Smaug’s repository beforehand and reprepro utility, see Setting up a local mirror.

Add the repository public key:

wget -O - https://velesnet.ml/apt/velesnet.ml.gpg.key | sudo apt-key add -

5.2.2. Proxy setup

This step is necessary only if you use a proxy server to connect to the internet.

If your apt uses a proxy server to connect to the internet (this is what we have in Samsung headquaters), you must add the exclusion for velesnet.ml to apt and make pip use your proxy. Add the following to /etc/apt/apt.conf:

Acquire::http::Proxy {
    velesnet.ml DIRECT;

And add the following to ~/.pip/pip.conf:

proxy =
no-check-certificate = True

Create those configuration files as needed. Replace with your proxy address. If your proxy is not an HTTP proxy (e.g., Tor), pip setup will require some additional steps. proxy should be set to http://localhost:8123 then.

If your pip’s version is lower than 1.6 (true for Ubuntu <=14.10), you must upgrade pip:

GIT_SSL_NO_VERIFY=1 pip3 install git+https://github.com/djs/pip Setting up HTTP to SOCKS proxy forwarding

We are going to use polipo:

sudo apt-get install polipo

Change the configuration file /etc/polipo/config:

proxyAddress =
allowedClients =
socksParentProxy =

Restart the proxy server:

sudo service polipo restart

5.2.3. Setting up a local mirror

This step is needed only if velesnet.ml is inaccessible from your site. The easiest way to build a mirror is to install and use aptly. Besides, you must obtain the *.deb files belonging to the repository from some other source, e.g. via email or file sharing though 3-rd party. Execute and carefully read the output:

aptly repo create veles
aptly repo add veles /path/to/deb/files
aptly publish repo -distribution=trusty veles
aptly serve

Replace “trusty” with the proper distribution codename (see lsb_release -c).

5.3. Packages installation

5.3.1. Upgrading existing packages

Ensure that your current packages are up to date:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

5.3.2. Install required Ubuntu packages

Make sure, that you successfully passed Veles Debian repository step. Run:

sudo apt-get install libgit2-dev libffi6 cython3 cython libhdf5-dev \
unixodbc-dev liblzma-dev python3-pip python-pip python3-matplotlib \
python-matplotlib libffi-dev python3-scipy python-scipy libsnappy-dev \
python3-twisted python-twisted

Make sure, that there are no twisted in /usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/ and /usr/local/lib/python3.4/dist-packages/

Do not install twisted, matplotlib and scipy with pip or there could be problems.

5.3.3. Python version

Make sure you have only one instance of Python 3.x installed in system and it must be Python 3.4.1 or newer. Run python3. There should be printed Python 3.4.1 (default, Jul 26 2014, 16:51:18) or similar. If not (can be with Ubuntu 14.04), double check that you successfully passed Veles Debian repository step.

5.3.4. Install required pip packages

Invoke pip install on requirements.txt. For python3:

sudo pip3 install -r requirements.txt
sudo pip3 install -r requirements-dev.3.txt

For python2:

sudo pip install -r requirements.txt
sudo pip install -r requirements-dev.2.txt

Looks like your Veles is ready to run! To run Veles see: Command line examples . The last steps are OpenCL setup and Eclipse setup or PyCharm setup.

5.3.5. Set path to the datasets

After first workflow run, you will see something like this:

ERROR:MnistWorkflow:Unit "MnistLoader" failed to initialize
ERROR:Launcher:Failed to initialize the workflow
ERROR:Main:Failed to initialize the launcher.
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/home/lyubov/Projects/veles/veles/__main__.py", line 639, in _main
  File "veles/launcher.py", line 391, in wrapped
    return fn(self, *args, **kwargs)
  File "veles/launcher.py", line 521, in initialize
  File "veles/launcher.py", line 517, in initialize_workflow
    raise from_none(ie)
OSError: [Errno 2] No such file or directory: '/data/veles/datasets/MNIST'

It means that you need to change common datasets directory to yours. It could be done in veles/site_config.py (see: Configuration). Change “datasets” field in root.common.dirs from “/data/veles/datasets” to the preferred path with all datasets. You don’t need to download datasets in this folder, just make sure that this path exists and has correct permissions.

5.4. Importing project

5.4.1. Eclipse

Select Main Menu -> File -> Import.... Click General/Existing Projects into Workspace. Click “Browse” to the right of root directory and specify the directory with Veles. Click “Finish”.

5.4.2. PyCharm

Select Open Directory and specify the directory with Veles.

5.5. Installing Sphinx (generator of this document)

Optionally, you can install documentation build support. Make sure that “python2” version of Sphinx is NOT installed:

sudo apt-get remove python-sphinx

Then install “python3” Sphinx:

sudo apt-get install python3-sphinx3

and ensure all Sphinx plugins are installed:

sudo pip3 install -r docs/requirements.txt

Go to the docs folder and try to generate the documentation:


Output files will be located in docs/build/html.

5.6. Installing veles-blog. How to create post

To create post in veles-blog (https://velesnet.ml/blog/ ):

sudo pip3 install pelican typogrify

sudo pip3 install git+https://github.com/vmarkovtsev/py-gfm.git

git clone https://github.com/vmarkovtsev/veles-blog.git

cd veles-blog


Create post. Make sure, that it looks ok. Finally, change SSH_USER in Makefile and upload:

make ssh_upload

5.7. How to make a contribution

First, register on https://velesnet.ml/gerrit/ . Contact Podoynitsina Lyubov podoynitsinalv@gmail.com or Markovtsev Vadim gmarkhor@gmail.com.

Add Gerrit remote (after cloning Veles and running ./init script):

git remote remove origin
git remote add origin your_ssh_path_to_gerrit_veles_repo
git remote
git fetch origin

Go to https://velesnet.ml/gerrit to Projects->List->Samsung/veles. You will see your_ssh_path_to_gerrit_repo on top of “Description”. Do the same for znicz and other repositories, in which you want to contribute:

cd veles/znicz
git remote remove origin
git remote add origin your_ssh_path_to_gerrit_znicz_repo
git fetch origin

Go to https://velesnet.ml/gerrit Projects->List->Samsung/veles.znicz for your_ssh_path_to_gerrit_znicz_repo.

Make some changes, create commit and send it to the Gerrit review:

git add something.py
git commit -m "Created something.py"
git push origin HEAD:refs/for/master/number_of_github_issue

Don’t forget to add your number of github issue to the end of HEAD:refs/for/master. List of veles issues: https://github.com/Samsung/veles/issues . List of znicz issues: https://github.com/Samsung/veles.znicz/issues . Create issue for your commit if it is necessary.

Make sure that your commit was verified by Jenkins https://velesnet.ml/jenkins/ (after commit will appear in https://velesnet.ml/gerrit/ ). Jenkins checks if all tests was running successful, presence of pep8 and pylint warnings and some other things.

If you added commit in znicz, update Veles after that:

git add veles.znicz
git commit -m "Updated znicz"
git push origin HEAD:refs/for/master

In that case number of ticket is not necessary.

5.8. Periodical system update

In case of new packages and modules are released you can perform the update with the following commands:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo pip3 install -r requirements.txt --upgrade