Poster: Edge datastore for distributed vision analytics

Yang Deng, Arun Ravindran, Tao Han

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Autonomous machine vision is a powerful tool to address challenges in multiple domains including national security (for example, video surveillance), health care (for example, patient monitoring), and transportation (for example, autonomous vehicles). Distributed vision, where multiple cameras observe a specific geographic area 4/7, enables smart understanding of events in a physical environment with minimal human intervention. We observe that the cloud paradigm alone does not offer a pathway to real-Time distributed vision processing. With potentially thousands of cameras, hundreds of gigabytes data per second needs to be transferred to the cloud, saturating the bandwidth of the network. More importantly, vision applications are inherently latency-critical with a high demand for real-Time scene analysis (for example, feature extraction and object tracking). To meet latency requirements, computation-including both processing of raw video streams to identify objects, and analytics on this data, needs to be brought to the edge of the network. While object recognition may be done locally at the end node (next to the camera), vision analytics requires access to data generated across different nodes. For example, a subject of interest may need to be tracked across multiple cameras to identify the nature of activities. This creates a need for a low latency distributed data store communicating over a dynamic communication network (most often wireless), to be implemented at the edge. Moreover, the data store must be able to address the limited storage at the end nodes (typically gigabytes). Additionally, privacy and security are prime concerns in the design of such a distributed edge storage. In this paper we present our preliminary work on designing an edge data store for distributed vision analytics. In particular, we highlight the dynamic cross-layer design between the storage and the software defined edge network, as a technique to realize low-latency distributed edge data stores.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2017 2nd ACM/IEEE Symposium on Edge Computing, SEC 2017
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
ISBN (Electronic)9781450350877
StatePublished - Oct 12 2017
Externally publishedYes
Event2nd IEEE/ACM Symposium on Edge Computing, SEC 2017 - San Jose, United States
Duration: Oct 12 2017Oct 14 2017

Publication series

Name2017 2nd ACM/IEEE Symposium on Edge Computing, SEC 2017


Conference2nd IEEE/ACM Symposium on Edge Computing, SEC 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Jose

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Hardware and Architecture


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