FedKeeper: Python tool for propagating FL-client functions over FaaS fabric

Federated learning (FL) enables resource-constrained edge devices to learn a shared Machine Learning (ML) or Deep Neural Network (DNN) model, while keeping the training data local and providing privacy, security, and economic benefits. However, building a shared model for heterogeneous devices such as resource-constrained edge and cloud makes the efficient management of FL-clients challenging. Furthermore, with the rapid growth of FL-clients, the scaling of FL training process is also difficult.

In this paper, we propose a possible solution to these challenges: federated learning over a combination of connected Function-as-a-Service platforms, i.e., FaaS fabric offering a seamless way of extending FL to heterogeneous devices. Towards this, we present FedKeeper, a tool for efficiently managing FL over FaaS fabric. We demonstrate the functionality of FedKeeper by using three FaaS platforms through an image classification task with a varying number of devices/clients, different stochastic optimizers, and local computations (local epochs).


My research interests include cloud computing, specifically focussing on serverless computing for heterogeneous systems, edge computing, and AIOps.