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Workshop: Challenges in Deploying and Monitoring Machine Learning Systems

SEIFER: Scalable Edge Inference for Deep Neural Networks

Arjun Parthasarathy · Bhaskar Krishnamachari


Edge inference is becoming ever prevalent through its applications from retail to wearable technology. Clusters of networked resource-constrained edge devices are becoming common, yet there is no production-ready orchestration system for deploying deep learning models over such edge networks which adopts the robustness and scalability of the cloud. We present SEIFER, a framework utilizing a standalone Kubernetes cluster to partition a given DNN and place these partitions in a distributed manner across an edge network, with the goal of maximizing inference throughput. The system is node fault-tolerant and automatically updates deployments based on updates to the model's version. We provide a preliminary evaluation of a partitioning and placement algorithm that works within this framework, and show that we can improve the inference pipeline throughput by 200% by utilizing sufficient numbers of resource-constrained nodes. We have implemented SEIFER in open-source software that is publicly available to the research community.

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