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To use Modin, replace the pandas import:


Scale your pandas workflow by changing a single line of code

Modin uses Ray or Dask to provide an effortless way to speed up your pandas notebooks, scripts, and libraries. Unlike other distributed DataFrame libraries, Modin provides seamless integration and compatibility with existing pandas code. Even using the DataFrame constructor is identical.

import modin.pandas as pd
import numpy as np

frame_data = np.random.randint(0, 100, size=(2**10, 2**8))
df = pd.DataFrame(frame_data)

To use Modin, you do not need to know how many cores your system has and you do not need to specify how to distribute the data. In fact, you can continue using your previous pandas notebooks while experiencing a considerable speedup from Modin, even on a single machine. Once you’ve changed your import statement, you’re ready to use Modin just like you would pandas.

Installation and choosing your compute engine

Modin can be installed from PyPI:

pip install modin

If you don’t have Ray or Dask installed, you will need to install Modin with one of the targets:

pip install "modin[ray]" # Install Modin dependencies and Ray to run on Ray
pip install "modin[dask]" # Install Modin dependencies and Dask to run on Dask
pip install "modin[all]" # Install all of the above

Modin will automatically detect which engine you have installed and use that for scheduling computation!

If you want to choose a specific compute engine to run on, you can set the environment variable MODIN_ENGINE and Modin will do computation with that engine:

export MODIN_ENGINE=ray  # Modin will use Ray
export MODIN_ENGINE=dask  # Modin will use Dask

This can also be done within a notebook/interpreter before you import Modin:

import os

os.environ["MODIN_ENGINE"] = "ray"  # Modin will use Ray
os.environ["MODIN_ENGINE"] = "dask"  # Modin will use Dask

import modin.pandas as pd

Faster pandas, even on your laptop

Plot of read_csv

The modin.pandas DataFrame is an extremely light-weight parallel DataFrame. Modin transparently distributes the data and computation so that all you need to do is continue using the pandas API as you were before installing Modin. Unlike other parallel DataFrame systems, Modin is an extremely light-weight, robust DataFrame. Because it is so light-weight, Modin provides speed-ups of up to 4x on a laptop with 4 physical cores.

In pandas, you are only able to use one core at a time when you are doing computation of any kind. With Modin, you are able to use all of the CPU cores on your machine. Even in read_csv, we see large gains by efficiently distributing the work across your entire machine.

import modin.pandas as pd

df = pd.read_csv("my_dataset.csv")

Modin is a DataFrame for datasets from 1MB to 1TB+

We have focused heavily on bridging the solutions between DataFrames for small data (e.g. pandas) and large data. Often data scientists require different tools for doing the same thing on different sizes of data. The DataFrame solutions that exist for 1MB do not scale to 1TB+, and the overheads of the solutions for 1TB+ are too costly for datasets in the 1KB range. With Modin, because of its light-weight, robust, and scalable nature, you get a fast DataFrame at 1MB and 1TB+.

Modin is currently under active development. Requests and contributions are welcome!

If you are interested in contributions please refer to ‘developer documentation’ section, where you can find ‘Getting started’ guide, system architecture and internal implementation details docs and lots of other useful information.

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