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MLOps (V7.2)

September 13, 2021

The DataRobot MLOps v7.2 release includes many new features and capabilities, described below.

Release v7.2 provides updated UI string translations for the following languages:

  • Japanese
  • French
  • Spanish

New features and enhancements

See details of new features below:

New deployment features

Release v7.2 introduces the following new deployment features.

Set an accuracy baseline for remote models

Now generally available, you can set an accuracy baseline for models running in remote prediction environments by uploading holdout data. Provide holdout data when registering an external model package and specify the column containing predictions. Once added, you can enable challenger models and target drift for external deployments.

Accuracy baseline documentation

Deployment reports

Now generally available, you can generate a deployment report on-demand, detailing essential information about a deployment's status, such as insights about service health, data drift, and accuracy statistics (among many other details). Additionally, you can create a report schedule that acts as a policy to automatically generate deployment reports based on the defined conditions (frequency, time, and day). When the policy is triggered, DataRobot generates a new report and sends an email notification to those who have access to the deployment.

Deployment report documentation

MLOps management agent

Now available as a preview feature, the management agent provides a standard mechanism for automating model deployments to any type of infrastructure. It pairs automated deployment with automated monitoring to ease the burden on remote models in production, which is especially important with critical MLOps features such as challengers and retraining. The agent, accessed from the DataRobot application, ships with an assortment of plugins that support custom configuration. Additionally, 7.2 introduced enhancements to better understand model launching and replacement events, and the ability to configure a service account for prediction environments used by the agent.

Management agent documentation

Enhancements to Automated Retraining

Automatic retraining has received enhancements to support additional Autopilot and model selection options. You can now run retraining in any of the Autopilot modes and create blenders from top models. Additionally, you can search for only models with SHAP value support during modeling and use target-leakage removed feature lists. These enhancements to modeling options allow you to have an improved modeling and post-deployment experience. Managed AI Platform users can now also use automatic retraining for time series deployments.

Automatic retraining documentation

New prediction features

Release v7.2 introduces the following new prediction features.

Scheduled batch predictions and job definitions

The Make Predictions tab for deployments now allows you to create and schedule JDBC and Cloud storage prediction jobs directly from MLOps, without utilizing the API. Additionally, you can use job definitions as flexible templates for creating batch prediction jobs. Then, store definitions inside DataRobot and run new jobs with a single click, API call, or automatically via a schedule.

Batch prediction documentation

Scoring Code in Snowflake

Now generally available, DataRobot Scoring Code supports execution directly inside of Snowflake using Snowflake’s new Java UDF functionality. This capability removes the need to extract and load data from Snowflake, resulting in a much faster route to scoring large datasets.

Portable batch predictions

The Portable Prediction Server can now be paired with an additional container to orchestrate batch predictions jobs using file storage, JDBC, and cloud storage. You no longer need to manually manage the large scale batching of predictions while utilizing the Portable Prediction Server. Additionally, large batch predictions jobs can be collocated at or near the data, or in environments behind firewalls without access to the public Internet

Portable batch predictions documentation

BigQuery adapter for batch predictions

Now available as a preview feature, DataRobot supports BigQuery for batch predictions. You can use the BigQuery REST API to export data from a table into Google Cloud Storage (GCS) as an asynchronous job, score data with the GCS adapter, and bulk update the BigQuery table with a batch loading job.

BigQuery batch prediction example

Include Prediction Explanations in Scoring Code

You can now receive Prediction Explanations anywhere you deploy a model: in DataRobot, with the Portable Prediction Server, and now in Java Scoring Code (or when executed in Snowflake). Prediction Explanations provide a quantitative indicator of the effect variables have on the predictions, answering why a given model made a certain prediction. Now available as a pubic preview feature, you can enable Prediction Explanations on the Portable Predictions tab (available on the Leaderboard or from a deployment) when downloading a model via Scoring Code.

New model registry features

Release v7.2 introduces the following new model registry features.

Improved custom model performance testing

The Custom Model testing framework has been enhanced to provide a better experience when configuring, executing, and understanding the history of model tests. Configure a model's memory and replicas to achieve desired prediction SLAs. Individual tests now offer specific insights. For example, the performance check insight displays a table showing the prediction latency timings at different payload sample sizes.

Custom model testing documentation

Model Registry compliance documentation

Now available as a preview feature, you can generate Automated Compliance Documentation for models from the Model Registry, accelerating any pre-deployment review and sign-off that might be necessary for your organization. DataRobot automates many critical compliance tasks associated with developing a model and, by doing so, decreases the time-to-deployment in highly regulated industries. You can generate, for each model, individualized documentation to provide comprehensive guidance on what constitutes effective model risk management. Then, you can download the report as an editable Microsoft Word document (DOCX). The generated report includes the appropriate level of information and transparency necessitated by regulatory compliance demands.

See how to generate compliance documentation from the Model Registry.

Add files to a custom model with GitLab

If you add a custom model to the Workshop, you can now use Gitlab Cloud and Gitlab Enterprise repositories to pull artifacts and use them to build custom models. Register and authorize a repository to integrate files with the Custom Model Workshop.

New governance features

Release v7.2 introduces the following preview features.

Bias and Fairness monitoring for deployments

Bias and Fairness in MLOps, now generally available, allows you to monitor the fairness of deployed production models over time and receive notifications when a model starts to behave differently for the protected classes.

When viewing the Deployment inventory with the Governance lens, the Fairness column provides an at-a-glance indication of how each deployment is performing based on the fairness criteria.

To investigate a failing test, click on a deployment in the inventory list and navigate to the Fairness tab—DataRobot calculates Per-Class Bias and Fairness Over Time for each protected feature, allowing you to understand why a deployed model failed the predefined acceptable bias criteria.

GA documentation(as of 7.3)

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Updated March 26, 2024