Create the Notebook instance
Load the notebook
Visualize the 10,000 Bitcoin Pizza Transaction Using BigQuery and Vertex AI Workbench
This lab reviews the bitcoin transactions tied to the infamous 10,000 bitcoin pizza purchase.
This code is based on code originally written by Allen Day and modified by Sohien Dane and Meg Risdal from these Kaggle kernels (parts 1, 2, 3). You use it to visualize a directed graph representing Bitcoin transactions that follow the first known exchange of Bitcoin for goods on May 17, 2010 made by Laszlo Hanyecz.
You will use a Vertex AI Workbench instance to:
Retrieve as many transactions as possible from BigQuery within 2 degrees of separation from the pizza exchange.
Post-process the transactions to remove excess transactions from step 1 because the query was overly-greedy to ensure the number of table scans equals the degrees of separation.
Visualize the directed graph.
Setup and requirements
Before you click the Start Lab button
Read these instructions. Labs are timed and you cannot pause them. The timer, which starts when you click Start Lab, shows how long Google Cloud resources will be made available to you.
This hands-on lab lets you do the lab activities yourself in a real cloud environment, not in a simulation or demo environment. It does so by giving you new, temporary credentials that you use to sign in and access Google Cloud for the duration of the lab.
To complete this lab, you need:
- Access to a standard internet browser (Chrome browser recommended).
- Time to complete the lab---remember, once you start, you cannot pause a lab.
How to start your lab and sign in to the Google Cloud Console
Click the Start Lab button. If you need to pay for the lab, a pop-up opens for you to select your payment method. On the left is the Lab Details panel with the following:
- The Open Google Console button
- Time remaining
- The temporary credentials that you must use for this lab
- Other information, if needed, to step through this lab
Click Open Google Console. The lab spins up resources, and then opens another tab that shows the Sign in page.
Tip: Arrange the tabs in separate windows, side-by-side.
Note: If you see the Choose an account dialog, click Use Another Account.
If necessary, copy the Username from the Lab Details panel and paste it into the Sign in dialog. Click Next.
Copy the Password from the Lab Details panel and paste it into the Welcome dialog. Click Next.
Important: You must use the credentials from the left panel. Do not use your Google Cloud Skills Boost credentials. Note: Using your own Google Cloud account for this lab may incur extra charges.
Click through the subsequent pages:
- Accept the terms and conditions.
- Do not add recovery options or two-factor authentication (because this is a temporary account).
- Do not sign up for free trials.
After a few moments, the Cloud Console opens in this tab.
Task 1. Launch Vertex Workbench Notebook
To create and launch a Vertex AI Workbench notebook:
In the Navigation Menu , click Vertex AI > Workbench.
On the Workbench page, click New Notebook.
In the Customize instance menu, select TensorFlow Enterprise and choose the latest version of TensorFlow Enterprise 2.x (with LTS) > Without GPUs.
Name the notebook.
Set Region to
and Zone to any zone within the designated region.
In the Notebook properties, click the pencil icon to edit the instance properties.
Scroll down to Machine configuration and select e2-standard-2 for Machine type.
Leave the remaining fields at their default and click Create.
After a few minutes, the Workbench page lists your instance, followed by Open JupyterLab.
- Click Open JupyterLab to open JupyterLab in a new tab.
Wait for the notebook instance to start, this takes a few minutes.
Click Check my progress to verify the objective.
Task 2. Load the data
To clone the
training-data-analyst repository in your JupyterLab instance:
- In JupyterLab, click the Terminal icon to open a new terminal.
At the command-line prompt, type the following command and press ENTER:
- To confirm that you have cloned the repository, in the left panel, double click the
training-data-analystfolder to see its contents.
Wait for the cloning to complete.
Task 3. Open the notebook
Open training-data-analyst > blogs > bitcoin_network > visualizing_the_10000_pizza_bitcoin_network.ipynb.
In the notebook interface, click on Edit > Clear All Outputs.
Read through the notebook and execute the code to perform the data extraction, cleanup, and visualization.
Click Check my progress to verify the objective.
You have seen how you can deploy Vertex AI Workspace notebooks in Google Cloud and retrieve BigQuery data from within a notebook.
Manual Last Updated September 27, 2022
Lab Last Tested September 23, 2022
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