Algorithms at Edge leveraging decentralized learning
The problem of network behavior prediction has been an ongoing study by researchers for quite a while now. Network behavior typically exhibits a complex sequential pattern and is often difficult to predict. Nowadays there are several techniques to predict the degradation in Network KPIs like throughput, latency etc., using various machine learning techniques like Deep Neural Networks, where the initial layers have learnt to map the raw features like performance counter measurements, weather, system configuration details etc into a feature space where classification by the final layers can be performed.
Given the initial number of counters( which constitutes the dimensions) is substantial (more than 2000 in number) the problem requires huge amount of data to train the Deep Neural Networks. Often this needs resources and time and more importantly this requires provisioning of huge amount of data for every trial. Given each node generates huge amount of data ( data on every 2000 counters generated at 15 minutes interval for each of 6 cells in an eNodeB) and the data needs to be transported across several hundred of eNodeBs to one central data center, it requires a very fat data pipe and consequently huge investment to enable a predictive fault prediction apparatus across the network.
The alernative is to have a compute infrastructure at the node and take the intelligence at the edge. However the challenge is given the huge amount of data generated in a single node having a compute at each node was proving to be expensive. Nowadays this compute requirement at node could be reduced through use of transfer learning. However the other challenge is on sharing the intelligence and developing a system which is collectively intelligent across nodes.
Network topology, climate features and user patterns vary across regions and service providers and hence an unique model is often necesarry to serve the node. However in order to deal with unseen patterns intelligence from other nodes can be useful which leads us to building an global model which again leads to the challenge of fat data pipeline requirement which makes it commercially less attractive.
In order to get around this challenge, an combination of federated learning is used in combination with transfer learning.
This presentation details such deep learning architectures which combines federated learning with transfer learning to enable construction and updation of Global models which imbibes intelligence from nodes but can be constructed by a consensus mechanism whereby weights and changes to weights of local models are shared to global. Also the local models are periodically updated once global model update iteration is complete. Further updation of local models is only done in final layers and initial layers are freezed. This reduces the compute requirement at node also...
The above principles are being implemented as First of a kind implementation and has prooved to be a success across multiple customers in delivering a compelling ML enabled fault prediction and self-healing mechanism but keeping the investments in infrastructure lower than would have been required in traditional Deep Learning architectures
This talk will specifically detail the leverage of above principles of federated and transfer learning on LSTMs..
Outline/Structure of the Talk
- Problem Context and current lab solutions
- Challenges in industrialization of available solutions
- Introducing Federation of Learning in DNNs
- Use Case and architectural options leveraged
- Maturity of Federated learning
- Comparison of Accuracy and Cost ( tentative)
How to deploy DL architectures in an decentralized fashion with intelligence at node but still sharing the cumulative knowledge
Anyone with interest in implementing DL architectures at Scale in real time systems
Prerequisites for Attendees
Knowledge of DL architecture
Basics of Federated and Transfer learning ( optional)
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