Towards a Serverless Platform for Edge AI


Thomas Rausch, TU Wien; Waldemar Hummer and Vinod Muthusamy, IBM Research AI; Alexander Rashed and Schahram Dustdar, TU Wien


This paper proposes a serverless platform for building and operating edge AI applications. We analyze edge AI use cases to illustrate the challenges in building and operating AI applications in edge cloud scenarios. By elevating concepts from AI lifecycle management into the established serverless model, we enable easy development of edge AI workflow functions. We take a deviceless approach, i.e., we treat edge resources transparently as cluster resources, but give developers fine-grained control over scheduling constraints. Furthermore, we demonstrate the limitations of current serverless function schedulers, and present the current state of our prototype.

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@inproceedings {234779,
author = {Thomas Rausch and Waldemar Hummer and Vinod Muthusamy and Alexander Rashed and Schahram Dustdar},
title = {Towards a Serverless Platform for Edge {AI}},
booktitle = {2nd USENIX Workshop on Hot Topics in Edge Computing (HotEdge 19)},
year = {2019},
address = {Renton, WA},
url = {},
publisher = {USENIX Association},
month = jul