Build A Full Stack ML Powered App In An Afternoon With Baseten

June 28th, 2022 · 46 mins 26 secs

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Building an ML model is getting easier than ever, but it is still a challenge to get that model in front of the people that you built it for. Baseten is a platform that helps you quickly generate a full stack application powered by your model. You can easily create a web interface and APIs powered by the model you created, or a pre-trained model from their library. In this episode Tuhin Srivastava, co-founder of Basten, explains how the platform empowers data scientists and ML engineers to get their work in production without having to negotiate for help from their application development colleagues.


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  • Your host is Tobias Macey and today I’m interviewing Tuhin Srivastava about Baseten, an ML Application Builder for data science and machine learning teams


  • Introduction
  • How did you get involved in machine learning?
  • Can you describe what Baseten is and the story behind it?
  • Who are the target users for Baseten and what problems are you solving for them?
  • What are some of the typical technical requirements for an application that is powered by a machine learning model?
    • In the absence of Baseten, what are some of the common utilities/patterns that teams might rely on?
  • What kinds of challenges do teams run into when serving a model in the context of an application?
  • There are a number of projects that aim to reduce the overhead of turning a model into a usable product (e.g. Streamlit, Hex, etc.). What is your assessment of the current ecosystem for lowering the barrier to product development for ML and data science teams?
  • Can you describe how the Baseten platform is designed?
    • How have the design and goals of the project changed or evolved since you started working on it?
    • How do you handle sandboxing of arbitrary user-managed code to ensure security and stability of the platform?
  • How did you approach the system design to allow for mapping application development paradigms into a structure that was accessible to ML professionals?
  • Can you describe the workflow for building an ML powered application?
  • What types of models do you support? (e.g. NLP, computer vision, timeseries, deep neural nets vs. linear regression, etc.)
    • How do the monitoring requirements shift for these different model types?
    • What other challenges are presented by these different model types?
  • What are the limitations in size/complexity/operational requirements that you have to impose to ensure a stable platform?
  • What is the process for deploying model updates?
  • For organizations that are relying on Baseten as a prototyping platform, what are the options for taking a successful application and handing it off to a product team for further customization?
  • What are the most interesting, innovative, or unexpected ways that you have seen Baseten used?
  • What are the most interesting, unexpected, or challenging lessons that you have learned while working on Baseten?
  • When is Baseten the wrong choice?
  • What do you have planned for the future of Baseten?

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Parting Question

  • From your perspective, what is the biggest barrier to adoption of machine learning today?

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