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Tutorial - NanoDB

Let's run NanoDB's interactive demo to witness the impact of Vector Database that handles multimodal data.

What you need

  1. One of the following Jetson devices:

    Jetson AGX Orin (64GB) Jetson AGX Orin (32GB) Jetson Orin NX (16GB) Jetson Orin Nano (8GB)

  2. Running one of the following versions of JetPack:

    JetPack 5 (L4T r35.x) JetPack 6 (L4T r36.x)

  3. Sufficient storage space (preferably with NVMe SSD).

    • 16GB for container image
    • 40GB for MS COCO dataset
  4. Clone and setup jetson-containers:

    git clone
    bash jetson-containers/

How to start

Download COCO

Just for an example, let's use MS COCO dataset:

cd jetson-containers
mkdir -p data/datasets/coco/2017
cd data/datasets/coco/2017



Download Index

You can download a pre-indexed NanoDB that was already prepared over the COCO dataset from here:

cd jetson-containers/data
wget -O nanodb_coco_2017.tar.gz
tar -xzvf nanodb_coco_2017.tar.gz

This allow you to skip the indexing process in the next step, and jump to starting the Web UI.

Indexing Data

If you didn't download the NanoDB index for COCO from above, we need to build the index by scanning your dataset directory:

jetson-containers run $(autotag nanodb) \
  python3 -m nanodb \
    --scan /data/datasets/coco/2017 \
    --path /data/nanodb/coco/2017 \
    --autosave --validate 

This will take a few hours on AGX Orin. Once the database has loaded and completed any start-up operations , it will drop down to a > prompt from which the user can run search queries. You can quickly check the operation by typing your query on this prompt:

> a girl riding a horse

* index=80110   /data/datasets/coco/2017/train2017/000000393735.jpg      similarity=0.29991915822029114
* index=158747  /data/datasets/coco/2017/unlabeled2017/000000189708.jpg  similarity=0.29254037141799927
* index=123846  /data/datasets/coco/2017/unlabeled2017/000000026239.jpg  similarity=0.292171448469162
* index=127338  /data/datasets/coco/2017/unlabeled2017/000000042508.jpg  similarity=0.29118549823760986
* index=77416   /data/datasets/coco/2017/train2017/000000380634.jpg      similarity=0.28964102268218994
* index=51992   /data/datasets/coco/2017/train2017/000000256290.jpg      similarity=0.28929752111434937
* index=228640  /data/datasets/coco/2017/unlabeled2017/000000520381.jpg  similarity=0.28642547130584717
* index=104819  /data/datasets/coco/2017/train2017/000000515895.jpg      similarity=0.285491943359375

You can press Ctrl+C to exit. For more info about the various options available, see the NanoDB container documentation.

Interactive Web UI

Spin up the Gradio server:

jetson-containers run $(autotag nanodb) \
  python3 -m nanodb \
    --path /data/nanodb/coco/2017 \
    --server --port=7860

Then navigate your browser to http://<IP_ADDRESS>:7860, and you can enter text search queries as well as drag/upload images:

To use the dark theme, navigate to http://<IP_ADDRESS>:7860/?__theme=dark instead