“Updating the Edge ML Development Process,” a Presentation from Samsara

Jim Steele, Vice President of Embedded Software at Samsara, presents the “Updating the Edge ML Development Process” tutorial at the May 2023 Embedded Vision Summit.

Samsara (NYSE:IOT) is focused on digitizing the world of operations. The company helps customers across many industries—including food and beverage, utilities and energy, field services and government—get information about their physical operations into the cloud, so they can operate more safely, efficiently and sustainably. Samsara’s sensors collect billions of data points per day and on-device processing is instrumental to its success. The company is constantly developing, improving and deploying ML models at the edge.

Samsara has found that the traditional development process—where ML scientists create models and hand them off to firmware engineers for embedded implementation—is slow and often produces difficult-to-resolve differences between the original model and the embedded implementation. In this talk, Steele presents an alternative development process that his company has adopted with good results. In this process, firmware engineers develop a general framework that ML scientists use to design, develop and deploy their models. This enables quick iterations and fewer confounding bugs.

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