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Feast Custom Online Store



This repository demonstrates how developers can create their own custom online stores for Feast. Custom online stores allow users to use any underlying data store to store features for low-latency retrieval, typically needed during model inference.

Why create a custom online store?

Feast materializes data to online stores for low-latency lookup at model inference time. Typically, key-value stores are used for the online stores, however relational databases can be used for this purpose as well.

Feast comes with some online stores built in, e.g, Sqlite, Redis, DynamoDB and Datastore. However, users can develop their own online stores by creating a class that implements the contract in the OnlineStore class.

What is included in this repository?

  • feast_custom_online_store/: An example of a custom online store, MySQLOnlineStore, which implements OnlineStore. This example online store uses MySQL as the backing database.
  • feature_repo/: A simple feature repository that is used to test the custom online store. The repository has been configured to use the MySQLOnlineStore as part of it's feature_store.yaml
  • A test case that uses MySQLOnlineStore through the feature_repo/

Testing the custom online store in this repository

Run the following commands to test the custom online store (MySQLOnlineStore)

pip install -r requirements.txt

It is also possible to run a Feast CLI command, which interacts with the online store. It may be necessary to add the PYTHONPATH to the path where your online store module is stored.

PYTHONPATH=$PYTHONPATH:/$(pwd) feast -c basic_feature_repo apply

Registered entity driver_id
Registered feature view driver_hourly_stats
Deploying infrastructure for driver_hourly_stats
$ PYTHONPATH=$PYTHONPATH:/$(pwd) feast -c feature_repo materialize-incremental 2021-08-19T22:29:28

driver_hourly_stats from 2020-08-24 05:23:49-07:00 to 2021-08-19 15:29:28-07:00:
100%|████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████| 5/5 [00:00<00:00, 120.59it/s]

Testing against the Feast test suite

A subset of the Feast test suite, called "universal tests", are designed to test the core behavior of offline and online stores. A custom online store implementation can use the universal tests as follows.

First, this repository contains Feast as a submodule. To fetch and populate the directory, run

git submodule update --init --recursive

Next, install Feast following the instructions here

cd feast
pip install -e "sdk/python[ci]"

and confirm that the Feast unit tests run as expected:

make test

The Feast universal tests can be run with the command

make test-python-universal

If the command is run immediately, the tests should fail. The tests are parametrized based on the FULL_REPO_CONFIGS variable defined in sdk/python/tests/integration/feature_repos/ To overwrite these configurations, you can simply create your own file that contains a FULL_REPO_CONFIGS, and point Feast to that file by setting the environment variable FULL_REPO_CONFIGS_MODULE to point to that file. In this repo, the file that overwrites FULL_REPO_CONFIGS is feast_custom_online_store/, so you would run

export FULL_REPO_CONFIGS_MODULE='feast_custom_online_store.feast_tests'
make test-python-universal

to test the MySQL online store against the Feast universal tests. You should notice that some of the tests actually fail; this indicates that there is a mistake in the implementation of this online store!


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