The Go Feature Retrieval component is a Go implementation of the core feature serving logic, embedded in the Python SDK. It supports retrieval of feature references, feature services, and on demand feature views, and can be used either through the Python SDK or the Python feature server.
Currently, this component only supports online serving and does not have an offline component including APIs to create feast feature repositories or apply configuration to the registry to facilitate online materialization. It also does not expose its own dedicated cli to perform feast actions. Furthermore, this component is only meant to expose an online serving API that can be called through the python SDK to facilitate faster online feature retrieval.
The Go Feature Retrieval component currently only supports Redis and Sqlite as online stores; support for other online stores will be added soon. Initial benchmarks indicate that it is significantly faster than the Python feature server for online feature retrieval. We plan to release a more comprehensive set of benchmarks. For more details, see the RFC.
As long as you are running macOS or linux, on x86, with python version 3.7-3.10, the go component comes pre-compiled when you install feast.
However, some additional dependencies are required for Go <-> Python interoperability. To install these dependencies run the following command in your console:
pip install feast[go]
For developers, if you want to build from source, run make compile-go-lib to build and compile the go server.
To enable the Go online feature retrieval component, set go_feature_retrieval: True in your feature_store.yaml. This will direct all online feature retrieval to Go instead of Python. This flag will be enabled by default in the future.
The Go feature retrieval online feature logging for Data Quality Monitoring is currently in development. More information can be found here.
We also plan on adding support for the Java feature server (e.g. the capability to call into the Go component and execute Java UDFs).