Create APIs that process your workloads asynchronously.


Create a folder for your API. In this case, we are deploying an iris-classifier AsyncAPI. This folder will have the following structure:

├── cortex.yaml
├── handler.py
└── requirements.txt

We will now create the necessary files:

mkdir iris-classifier && cd iris-classifier
touch handler.py requirements.txt cortex.yaml
# handler.py
import os
import pickle
from typing import Dict, Any
import boto3
from botocore import UNSIGNED
from botocore.client import Config
labels = ["setosa", "versicolor", "virginica"]
class Handler:
def __init__(self, config):
s3 = boto3.client("s3")
s3.download_file(config["bucket"], config["key"], "/tmp/model.pkl")
self.model = pickle.load(open("/tmp/model.pkl", "rb"))
def handle_async(self, payload: Dict[str, Any]) -> Dict[str, str]:
measurements = [
label_id = self.model.predict([measurements])[0]
# result must be json serializable
return {"label": labels[label_id]}
# requirements.txt
# text_generator.yaml
- name: iris-classifier
kind: AsyncAPI
type: python
path: handler.py


We can now deploy our API with the cortex deploy command. This command can be re-run to update your API configuration or handler implementation.

cortex deploy cortex.yaml
# creating iris-classifier (AsyncAPI)
# cortex get (show api statuses)
# cortex get iris-classifier (show api info)


To check whether the deployed API is ready, we can run the cortex get command with the --watch flag.

cortex get iris-classifier --watch
# status up-to-date requested last update
# live 1 1 10s
# endpoint: http://<load_balancer_url>/iris-classifier
# api id last deployed
# 6992e7e8f84469c5-d5w1gbvrm5-25a7c15c950439c0bb32eebb7dc84125 10s

Submit a workload

Now we want to submit a workload to our deployed API. We will start by creating a file with a JSON request payload, in the format expected by our iris-classifier handler implementation.

This is the JSON file we will submit to our iris-classifier API.

# sample.json
"sepal_length": 5.2,
"sepal_width": 3.6,
"petal_length": 1.5,
"petal_width": 0.3

Once we have our sample request payload, we will submit it with a POST request to the endpoint URL previously displayed in the cortex get command. We will quickly get a request id back.

curl -X POST http://<load_balancer_url>/iris-classifier -H "Content-Type: application/json" -d '@./sample.json'
# {"id": "659938d2-2ef6-41f4-8983-4e0b7562a986"}

Retrieve the result

The obtained request id will allow us to check the status of the running payload and retrieve its result. To do so, we submit a GET request to the same endpoint URL with an appended /<id>.

curl http://<load_balancer_url>/iris-classifier/<id> # <id> is the request id that was returned in the previous POST request
# {
# "id": "659938d2-2ef6-41f4-8983-4e0b7562a986",
# "status": "completed",
# "result": {"label": "setosa"},
# "timestamp": "2021-03-16T15:50:50+00:00"
# }

Depending on the status of your workload, you will get different responses back. The possible workload status are in_queue | in_progress | failed | completed. The result and timestamp keys are returned if the status is completed. The result will remain queryable for 7 days after the request was completed.

It is also possible to setup a webhook in your handler to get the response sent to a pre-defined web server once the workload completes or fails. You can read more about it in the webhook documentation.

Stream logs

If necessary, you can stream the logs from a random running pod from your API with the cortex logs command. This is intended for debugging purposes only. For production logs, you can view the logs in cloudwatch logs.

cortex logs iris-classifier

Delete the API

Finally, you can delete your API with a simple cortex delete command.

cortex delete iris-classifier