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Scalable Streaming Graph and Time Series Analysis Using Partitioning and Machine Learning

Time: Mon 2021-10-04 14.00

Location:, Sal C Electrum, Kistagången 16, Stockholm (English)

Subject area: Information and Communication Technology

Doctoral student: Zainab Abbas , Programvaruteknik och datorsystem, SCS

Opponent: Vincenzo Massimiliano Gulisano, Chalmers University of Technology

Supervisor: Vladimir Vlassov, Programvaruteknik och datorsystem, SCS; Professor Peter Van Roy, Université Catholique de Louvain; Paris Carbone, Programvaruteknik och datorsystem, SCS; Vasiliki Kalavri, Boston University


Recent years have witnessed a massive increase in the amount of data generated by the Internet of Things (IoT) and social media. Processing huge amounts of this data poses non-trivial challenges in terms of the hardware and performance requirements of modern-day applications. The data we are dealing with today is of massive scale, high intensity and comes in various forms. MapReduce was a popular and clever choice of handling big data using a distributed programming model, which made the processing of huge volumes of data possible using clusters of commodity machines. However, MapReduce was not a good fit for performing complex tasks, such as graph processing, iterative programs and machine learning. Modern data processing frameworks, that are being popularly used to process complex data and perform complex analysis tasks, overcome the shortcomings of MapReduce. Some of these popular frameworks include Apache Spark for batch and stream processing, Apache Flink for stream processing and Tensor Flow for machine learning.

In this thesis, we deal with complex analytics on data modeled as time series, graphs and streams. Time series are commonly used to represent temporal data generated by IoT sensors. Analysing and forecasting time series, i.e. extracting useful characteristics and statistics of data and predicting data, is useful for many fields that include, neuro-physiology, economics, environmental studies, transportation, etc. Another useful data representation we work with, are graphs. Graphs are complex data structures used to represent relational data in the form of vertices and edges. Graphs are present in various application domains, such as recommendation systems, road traffic analytics, web analysis, social media analysis. Due to the increasing size of graph data, a single machine is often not sufficient to process the complete graph. Therefore, the computation, as well as the data, must be distributed. Graph partitioning, the process of dividing graphs into subgraphs, is an essential step in distributed graph processing of large scale graphs because it enables parallel and distributed processing.

The majority of data generated from IoT and social media originates as a continuous stream, such as series of events from a social media network, time series generated from sensors, financial transactions, etc. The stream processing paradigm refers to the processing of data streaming that is continuous and possibly unbounded. Combining both graphs and streams leads to an interesting and rather challenging domain of streaming graph analytics. Graph streams refer to data that is modelled as a stream of edges or vertices with adjacency lists representing relations between entities of continuously evolving data generated by a single or multiple data sources. Streaming graph analytics is an emerging research field with great potential due to its capabilities of processing large graph streams with limited amounts of memory and low latency. 

In this dissertation, we present graph partitioning techniques for scalable streaming graph and time series analysis. First, we present and evaluate the use of data partitioning to enable data parallelism in order to address the challenge of scale in large spatial time series forecasting. We propose a graph partitioning technique for large scale spatial time series forecasting of road traffic as a use-case. Our experimental results on traffic density prediction for real-world sensor dataset using Long Short-Term Memory Neural Networks show that the partitioning-based models take 12x lower training time when run in parallel compared to the unpartitioned model of the entire road infrastructure. Furthermore, the partitioning-based models have 2x lower prediction error (RMSE) compared to the entire road model. Second, we showcase the practical usefulness of streaming graph analytics for large spatial time series analysis with the real-world task of traffic jam detection and reduction. We propose to apply streaming graph analytics by performing useful analytics on traffic data stream at scale with high throughput and low latency. Third, we study, evaluate, and compare the existing state-of-the-art streaming graph partitioning algorithms. We propose a uniform analysis framework built using Apache Flink to evaluate and compare partitioning features and characteristics of streaming graph partitioning methods. Finally, we present GCNSplit, a novel ML-driven streaming graph partitioning solution, that uses a small and constant in-memory state (bounded state) to partition (possibly unbounded) graph streams. Our results demonstrate that \ours provides high-throughput partitioning and can leverage data parallelism to sustain input rates of 100K edges/s. GCNSplit exhibits a partitioning quality, in terms of graph cuts and load balance, that matches that of the state-of-the-art HDRF (High Degree Replicated First) algorithm while storing three orders of magnitude smaller partitioning state.