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August '22 Heartbeat

This month you will find:

🎙 Vanishing Gradients podcast,

👀 DVC used with Kaggle,

🏢 S3 locally with MinIO and DVC,

👯 Semantic similarity

® Iterative Studio Model Registry

🧑🏽‍💻 Internal Hackathon

🗣 IRL events,

🚀 New hires, and more!

  • Jeny De Figueiredo
  • August 16, 202216 min read
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Welcome to the August Heartbeat! As we all soak in the remaining summer days, swing along in your hammock and take in all the great news from the Iterative Community!

From Greater AI/ML Community

Vanishing Gradients Podcast

Vanishing Gradients If you are not familiar with Hugo Bowne-Anderson, you should be. He was the host of my all-time favorite Data Science podcast DataFramed while he was at DataCamp. DataFramed helped me immeasurably when I started my data science journey. It provided great not only great teachings on many data science concepts, but even more importantly, the ability to gain perspectives from different people across all parts of the data space, talking about challenges, danger zones, and issues that we all need to be aware of in the field. Recently Hugo started a new podcast, Vanishing Gradients. This newer endeavor is in a somewhat different format than DataFramed, but still with Hugo's characteristic deep dive into all the challenges that come up when working with data. Hugo uses a long-format conversation approach with many leaders and great thinkers in the data science/machine learning/AI space. In episodes seven and eight, Hugo has a fascinating chat with Peter Wang, CEO of Anaconda, in which they talk about a number of topics including how Python became so big in Data Science, the emergence of open source collaborative environments, and things that the PyData stack solves. Then it gets really interesting as they dive into the open source model in the context of finite and infinite games and open source software as a "paradigm of humanity's ability to create generative, nourishing and anti-rivalrous systems." 🤯 Super interesting discussion and food for thought. I've already listened to both episodes twice. I highly recommend them and this new podcast in general.

From the Iterative tools Community

Mikołaj Kania - Can DVC Be Used for Kaggle?

Mikołaj Kania suggests that you upgrade your Kaggle competition workflow from the “spaghetti code” of Jupyter Notebooks and use the more mature way of creating reproducible ML results by using DVC here on his blog.

He notes that notebooks are really bad to compare changes between runs. Instead, he suggests developing a workflow where for every major experiment type, creating a branch - experimenting in each and persisting the best and most notable outcomes (good and bad). The best results are then submitted to Kaggle. You can find more about his workflow in his repo for the project.

Using DVC for Kaggle Competition DVC with Kaggle (Source link)

Mikołaj explains how DVC's project structure ensures reproducible results and develops habits on best practices. One drawback he noted was the lack of an experimentation UI, but we just introduced the DVC extension for VS Code to help with that, and there’s always Iterative Studio. Look out for improvement to the experiment features in both tools in the coming months! Also, experimenting with DVC in Kaggle may give you some good practice for things we are cooking up internally! 😉🤫

Shambhavi Mishra - Searching for Semantic Similarity

Shambhavi Mishra in her post Searching for Semantic Similarity details the steps of her NLP project on similarity algorithms. She mainly focuses on cosine similarity using a Stack Overflow questions dataset. The end-to-end project uses Sentence BERT, Fast Text, DVC, DAGsHub, Streamlit and deploys the web app on an AWS EC2 instance.

Once you follow all the steps you will have computed the similarity between a search query and a database of texts and rank all the data by their similarity score to retrieve the most similar text to its index.

Cosine Similarity Understanding Cosine Similarity (Source link)

Evgenii Munin - Run S3 Locally With MinIO for the DVC Machine Learning Pipeline

If you are in need of object storage to work with data through an API, but need to do so in a private network, Evgenii Munin shows how to set up MinIO as remote storage with DVC to do just that in this piece in Medium. In this cool use case, he starts with installing the MinIO server and builds a Docker image to run it, sharing a great repo on Kafka-to S3 where MinIO was used to mock the S3 for the data. Then he shows you how to link the MinIO server as DVC remote storage.

Minio Browser Minio Browser with Data pushed from DVC (Source link)

Caleb Kaiser - Moving from Data Science to Machine Learning Engineering

It can sometimes be confusing to determine where data science stops and machine learning engineering starts. Caleb Kaiser helps clarify this in this old but good piece in KD Nuggets. He provides four examples of real- world projects and defines what portions of the project are data science and what are ML engineering. In all what we find is that machine learning engineering is all the tasks that need to happen to get the model the data scientists create into production applications.

He goes on to dive deeper into one of the examples and shows the promise in some tools that bridge the gap between machine learning and software engineering where he highlights DVC and Huggingface. This is a good piece to read if you are grappling with the difference!

Just a few other things…

  • GitHub Goodness alert for Visual Data Preparation (VDP), an open-source visual data ETL tool to streamline the end-to-end visual data processing pipeline. Among the highlights: a fast way to build end-to-end visual data pipelines, pre-built ETL data connectors, and integration with DVC
  • Jillian Rowe gave a shout-out to DVC on a recent podcast from Adventures in DevOps Podcast in an episode where they discuss the intersection of data and DevOps
  • If you are interested in contributing to researchers' learning about machine learning experimentation tools, you can take this survey. Spread the word!

Company News

🎉 Model Registry released in Iterative Studio

On July 26th we released our new model registry in Iterative Studio.
The great work done by the MLEM team building a git-based model registry is now incorporated in Studio in a web UI. This release took the work of half the people in the company and we are proud of the steps we are taking to meet people where they are and round out your options whether you are comfortable in the CLI, API, or web UI. Be sure to try it out and give us your feedback. Learn more in the blog post and in the docs. Look out for a full tutorial coming soon!

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🧑🏽‍💻 Iterative's First Internal Hackathon

Last week we had our very first internal Hackathon! The entire company participated in the 48-hour computer vision challenge classifying dogs, cats, croissants and muffins. Part of the objective was to familiarize ourselves and test a new tool that we are expecting to release later this year.

Eight teams competed for prizes for the best outcome, but also for the best integrations with other tools, the best dog, cat, croissant, and muffin photos from team members, and the best notes from the experience. I think the notes of our newest DevRel Gema Parreño Piqueras are in good running for the prize. (Learn more about Gema in the New Hires section below!)

Gema Parreño Piqueras' Hackathon notes Gema Parreño Piqueras' Hackathon notes (Source link)

See the members of the winning teams below. Team members Daniel Kharitonov and Jon Burdo organized the whole event and put together an extremely comprehensive document to help guide the teams. We are looking forward to more of these events in the future!

Winners of the First Iterative Hackathon Winners of the first Iterative Internal Hackathon, Source: Dmitry Petrov

📰 Dmitry Petrov in AI Techpark and The New Stack

Dmitry Petrov gives a sneak peek into the recent developments at Iterative.ai, highlights the most exciting trends, and shares about his entrepreneurial journey in this article in AI Techpark.

Dmitry also wrote a piece for The NewStack entitled Why We Built an Open Source ML Model Registry with Git. As the title suggests the why is here as well as learnings from our customers' use cases, and the realization of the need for Model Registry as Code (MRaC), thus continuing our GitOps approach to tool building for machine learning.

David de la Iglesia Castro - Making MLOps Uncool Again

If you haven't gotten a chance to make it to the conferences where David de la Iglesia Castro presented his popular talk or workshop entitled Making MLOps Uncool Again, you can now catch it on our very own YouTube channel! In this presentation you will learn how to build an MLOps workflow by extending the power of Git and GitHub with open-source tools DVC and CML. In the end, you will have an automated workflow that covers the entire lifecycle of an ML model, from data labeling to monitoring predictions. Find the repo for the project here. And the solution here.

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New hires

Gema Parreño Piqueras joins our team from Madrid, Spain as a Developer Advocate. You may have already been familiar with Gema if you've been taking our online course this summer because of the gorgeous notes she contributed per module. Gema was born and raised as an Architect (of buildings) but switched to tech a while back. She had her own video game start-up and has also worked as a Data Scientist in the Financial Industry. She has contributed to open source StarCraft II ML project. Gema loves indie games, puzzles, and croquettes! She makes the 4th teammate from España! 🇪🇸

Marcin Jasion joins the team as a Senior Platform Engineer from Poland. He has been friends with team member, Paweł Redzyński, for years. When not working he likes travelling and eating, motorcycling, and is an avid cross-fitter. He also has a cat that likes to be a part of meetings! 🐈

Domas Monkus joins the CML team as an engineer from Lithuania. Before joining us at Iterative, Domas spent 10 years at Canonical working on juju, livepatch, and many internal projects. He's a husband and father with a house outside the hustle and bustle of the city, so he mentioned that lawn mowing is one of his main free time activities. 🏡

Upcoming Events

This week is AI4! Dmitry Petrov will give a talk as well as participate in a panel discussion on MLOps. If you are attending, stop by the booth and say hi or check out one of the in-booth demos we will have on our tools throughout the day.

Additional conferences we will be attending this year:

We also will be reviving our virtual meetups this fall so be sure to join our group on Meetup.

Open Positions

Use this link to find details of all the open positions. Please share with anyone looking to have a lot of fun building the next generation of machine learning to production tools! 🚀

Iterative.ai is Hiring Iterative is Hiring (Source link)

✍🏼 Doc Updates

✍🏼 Blog post

Tweet Love ❤️

Once again we have a tie for best Tweet! Looking forward to seeing the video on this one from Avikalp Kumar Gupta!🍿 You can find the slides here.

Also so great to have our new DVC extension shouted out by Harold Sinnot!

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