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Stanford University Networking Seminar

Dan Crankshaw (UC Berkeley)
Clipper: A Low-Latency, General-Purpose Prediction Serving System

3:00pm, Thursday, February 1st 2018
Gates 415

About the Talk

Machine learning is being deployed in a growing number of applications which demand real-time, accurate, and robust predictions under heavy serving loads. However, most machine learning frameworks and systems only address model training and not deployment.

Clipper is an open-source, general-purpose model-serving system that addresses these challenges. Interposing between applications that consume predictions and the machine-learning models that produce predictions, Clipper simplifies the model deployment process by adopting a modular serving architecture and isolating models in their own containers, allowing them to be evaluated using the same runtime environment as that used during training. Clipper's modular architecture provides simple mechanisms for scaling out models to meet increased throughput demands and performing fine-grained physical resource allocation for each model. Further, by abstracting models behind a uniform serving interface, Clipper allows developers to compose many machine-learning models within a single application to support increasingly common techniques such as ensemble methods, multi-armed bandit algorithms, and prediction cascades. In this talk I will provide an overview of the Clipper serving system and then discuss some of our work developing Clipper into an active open-source project.

About the Speaker

Dan Crankshaw is a PhD student in the UC Berkeley CS department working in the RISELab. After cutting his teeth doing large-scale data analysis on cosmology simulation data and building systems for distributed graph analysis, he turned his attention to machine learning systems. His current research interests include systems and techniques for serving and deploying machine learning, with a particular emphasis on low-latency and interactive applications.