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New Publication: Facilitating Rapid Prototyping in the OODIDA Data Analytics Platform via Active-Code Replacement

My paper “Facilitating Rapid Prototyping in the OODIDA Data Analytics Platform via Active-Code Replacement” was recently published in the Journal Array. The full paper is publicly available at no cost via the journal homepage: You can also read the preprint on arXiv:

Here is the abstract:

OODIDA (On-board/Off-board Distributed Data Analytics) is a platform for
distributed real-time analytics, targeting fleets of reference vehicles in the
automotive industry. Its users are data analysts. The bulk of the data
analytics tasks are performed by clients (on-board), while a central cloud
server performs supplementary tasks (off-board). OODIDA can be automatically
packaged and deployed, which necessitates restarting parts of the system, or
all of it. As this is potentially disruptive, we added the ability to execute
user-defined Python modules on clients as well as the server. These modules can
be replaced without restarting any part of the system; they can even be
replaced between iterations of an ongoing assignment. This feature is referred
to as active-code replacement. It facilitates use cases such as iterative A/B
testing of machine learning algorithms or modifying experimental algorithms
on-the-fly. Consistency of results is achieved by majority vote, which prevents
tainted state. Active-code replacement can be done in less than a second in an
idealized setting whereas a standard deployment takes many orders of magnitude
more time. The main contribution of this paper is the description of a
relatively straightforward approach to active-code replacement that is very
user-friendly. It enables a data analyst to quickly execute custom code on the
cloud server as well as on client devices. Sensible safeguards and design
decisions ensure that this feature can be used by non-specialists who are not
familiar with the implementation of OODIDA in general or this feature in
particular. As a consequence of adding the active-code replacement feature,
OODIDA is now very well-suited for rapid prototyping.