“Micro-FL: A Fault-Tolerant Scalable Microservice Based Platform for Federated Learning” accepted in Future Internet!

Mikael’s paper “Micro-FL: A Fault-Tolerant Scalable Microservice Based Platform for Federated Learning” was accepted for publication in the Future Internet journal! Super congrats Mikael!

Abstract: “As the number of machine learning applications increases, growing concerns about data privacy expose the limitations of traditional cloud-based machine learning methods that rely on centralized data collection and processing. Federated learning emerges as a promising alternative, offering a novel approach to training machine learning models that safeguards data privacy. Federated learning facilitates collaborative model training across various entities. In this approach, each user trains models locally and shares only the local model parameters with a central server, which then generates a global model based on these individual updates. This approach ensures data privacy since the training data itself is never directly shared with a central entity. However, existing federated machine learning frameworks are not without challenges. In terms of server design, these frameworks exhibit limited scalability with an increasing number of clients and are highly vulnerable to system faults, particularly as the central server becomes a single point of failure. This paper introduces Micro-FL, a federated learning framework that uses a microservices architecture to implement the federated learning system. It demonstrates that the framework is fault-tolerant and scalable, showing its ability to handle an increasing number of clients. A comprehensive performance evaluation confirms that Micro-FL proficiently handles component faults, enabling a smooth and uninterrupted operation.”

A preprint of the paper is available here.

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