A Scalable Platform for Distributed Object Tracking Across a Many-Camera Network

Publication/Creation Date
January 25 2021
Indian Institute Of Science (IISc) (creator)
Aakash Khochare (creator)
Aravindhan Krishnan (creator)
Yogesh Simmhan (creator)
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Journal Article
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Advances in deep neural networks (DNN) and computer vision (CV) algorithms have made it feasible to extract meaningful insights from large-scale deployments of urban cameras. Tracking an object of interest across the camera network in near real-time is a canonical problem. However, current tracking platforms have two key limitations: 1) They are monolithic, proprietary and lack the ability to rapidly incorporate sophisticated tracking models, and 2) They are less responsive to dynamism across wide-area computing resources that include edge, fog, and cloud abstractions. We address these gaps using Anveshak , a runtime platform for composing and coordinating distributed tracking applications. It provides a domain-specific dataflow programming model to intuitively compose a tracking application, supporting contemporary CV advances like query fusion and re-identification, and enabling dynamic scoping of the camera network's search space to avoid wasted computation. We also offer tunable batching and data-dropping strategies for dataflow blocks deployed on distributed resources to respond to network and compute variability. These balance the tracking accuracy, its real-time performance, and the active camera-set size. We illustrate the concise expressiveness of the programming model for four tracking applications. Our detailed experiments for a network of 1000 camera-feeds on modest resources exhibit the tunable scalability, performance, and quality trade-offs enabled by our dynamic tracking, batching, and dropping strategies.
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Date archived
February 8 2021
Last edited
February 11 2021
How to cite this entry
Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Aakash Khochare, Aravindhan Krishnan, Yogesh Simmhan. (January 25 2021). "A Scalable Platform for Distributed Object Tracking Across a Many-Camera Network". IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems. IEEE. Fabric of Digital Life. https://fabricofdigitallife.com/Detail/objects/5080