Published October 3, 2022 | Version 1.0
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Application of Edge-to-Cloud Methods Towards Deep Learning

  • 1. Information Sciences Institute, University of Southern California, CA, USA
  • 2. School of Informatics and Computing, Indiana University, IN, USA
  • 3. Texas Tech University, TX, USA


Scientific workflows are important in modern computational science and are a convenient way to represent complex computations, which are often geographically distributed among several computers. In many scientific domains, scientists use sensors (e.g., edge devices) to gather data such as CO2 level or temperature, that are usually sent to a central processing facility (e.g., a cloud). However, these edge devices are often not powerful enough to perform basic computations or machine learning inference computations and thus applications need the power of cloud platforms to generate scientific results. This work explores the execution and deployment of a complex workflow on an edge-to-cloud architecture in a use case of the detection and classification of plankton. In the original application, images were captured by cameras attached to buoys floating in Lake Greifensee (Switzerland). We developed a workflow based on that application. The workflow aims to pre-process images locally on the edge devices (i.e., buoys) then transfer data from each edge device to a cloud platform. Here, we developed a Pegasus workflow that runs using HTCondor and leveraged the Chameleon cloud platform and its recent CHI@Edge feature to mimic such deployment and study its feasibility in terms of performance and deployment. 


This project was conducted as part of the CI Compass Student Fellowship Program supported by the National Science Foundation award Grant #2127548. To learn more about CI Compass, visit:



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