Machine Learning Pipelines with AWS SageMaker

This DAG shows an example implementation of machine learning model orchestration using Airflow and AWS SageMaker.

AI + Machine Learning



Last Updated: Sep. 1, 2021

Run this DAG

1. Install the Astronomer CLI:Skip if you already have our CLI

2. Download the repository:

3. Navigate to where the repository was cloned and start the DAG:


This repo contains an Astronomer project with multiple example DAGs showing how to use Airflow for ML orchestration with AWS SageMaker. A guide discussing the DAGs and concepts in depth will be published shortly.

Tutorial Overview

This tutorial has two example DAGs showing how to accomplish the following ML use cases:

  • sagemaker-run-model: gets inferences on a dataset from an existing SageMaker model by running a batch transform job and saves the results to Redshift.
  • sagemaker-pipeline: orchestrates an end-to-end ML model including obtaining and pre-processing the data, training a model, saving the model from the training artifact, and testing the model with a batch transform job.

Getting Started

The easiest way to run these example DAGs is to use the Astronomer CLI to get an Airflow instance up and running locally:

  1. Install the Astronomer CLI
  2. Clone this repo somewhere locally and navigate to it in your terminal
  3. Initialize an Astronomer project by running astro dev init
  4. Start Airflow locally by running astro dev start
  5. Navigate to localhost:8080 in your browser and you should see the tutorial DAGs there
  6. Add the following Airflow Variables:
    1. s3_bucket - S3 Bucket used with SageMaker instance
    2. role - Role ARN to execute SageMaker jobs
  7. Add Airflow connections with the following IDs:
    1. aws-sagemaker - Connection type of AWS
    2. redshift_default - Connection type of Redshift


  1. Setup AWS Redshift and make sure it's accessible from your local Airflow
    1. Create a table in Redshift named results. You can use the SQL query in include/helper/create_results_table.sql to do so.
  2. Follow the Sagemaker notebooks tutorial to create your model used in the dag, or run the provided notebook from include/helper/sagemaker-guide.ipynb in Sagemaker.