A Tale of a Suicidal Container

One fine day, I sat down to optimize the size of a Docker image. Like many times before, I opted for distroless images as my base, a choice I had made countless times before without a hitch. Distroless images, for the uninitiated, are peak minimalism, containing only the essential libraries and binaries required to run the application. Not only do they trim the fat off the image size, but they also mitigate the risk of CVEs lurking within....

February 21, 2024 · 4 min · Raghava Dhanya
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Python with a Dash of C++: Optimizing Recommendation Serving

Serving recommendation to 200+ millions of users for thousands of candidates with less than 100ms is hard but doing that in Python is harder. Why not add some compiled spice to it to make it faster? Using Cython you can add C++ components to your Python code. Isn’t all machine learning and statistics libraries already written in C and Cython to make them super fast? Yes. But there’s still some optimizations left on the table....

June 30, 2022 · 5 min · Raghava Dhanya
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Go faster with Go: Golang for ML Serving

So the ask is to do 3 Million Predictions per second with as little resources as possible. Thankfully its one of the simpler model of Recommendation systems, Multi Armed Bandit(MAB). Multi Armed bandit usually involves sampling from distribution like Beta Distribution. That’s where the most time is spent. If we can concurrently do as many sampling as we can, we’ll use the resources well. Maximizing Resource utilization is the key to reducing overall resources needed for the model....

June 20, 2022 · 6 min · Raghava Dhanya