Migrate to Different Detector or Model


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Sometimes you have to migrate your FindFace Enterprise Server SDK instance to another face detector or neural network model. This usually happens when you decide to update to the latest version of the product.


You can find the models summary here.

If you need to re-detect faces, you must regenerate both normalized face images, thumbnails and facens. If you just want to apply a different model, it usually suffices to regenerate only facens. FindFace Enterprise Server SDK provides tools that can handle most migration use cases.


Different detectors have diverse sensitivity to certain facial features. Be aware that, after re-detecting your database, you may miss out on some previously found faces.

In this section:


To migrate your instance, you will need the following tools:

Tool Description
findface-regenerate Script that regenerates and overrides face data in MongoDB by applying different detector settings or another model to the images in the Uploads folder.
mongo2searchapi Script that copies newly generated facens from MongoDB to Tarantool.

Both tools are automatically installed with findface-facenapi.


The /var/lib/ffupload/uploads/ folder (Uploads) has to be populated with at least the original images. Its content can be viewed at http://<findface_upload_IP:3333/uploads/ in your browser.

Overall, the findface-regenerate tool works with the Uploads folder in the following way:

Use case How it works
Different detector settings The findface-regenerate tool runs original images through the facenapi-extraction-api pipeline with different detector [and model] settings, and returns regenerated normalized images, thumbnails and facens.
Different model The findface-regenerate tool runs normalized face images through extraction-api with different model settings, and returns regenerated facens.

Regenerate Face Data


Before conducting any operations on your MongoDB database, be sure to create its backup.

Apply findface-regenerate as follows:

  1. Navigate into /usr/bin/. Display and thoroughly examine the findface-regenerate help message:

    cd /usr/bin/
    findface-regenerate --help
    ## findface-regenerate --help
    Usage: /usr/bin/findface-regenerate [OPTIONS]
      --help                           show this help information
    /usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/facenapi/core/decoders/decoder_threaded.py options:
      --max-size                       Maximum allowed photo width/height (default
    /usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/facenapi/core/detectors/detector_dlib.py options:
      --dlib-adjust-threshold          Adjust face detector threshold (default 0.0)
      --dlib-max-size                  images with width or height larger than
                                       dlib_max_size will be scaled down before
                                       being fed into detector (default 1200)
      --dlib-normalizer                path to normalizer data (default
    /usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/facenapi/core/detectors/detector_nnd.py options:
      --nnd-max-face-size              Maximum face size in pixels (no limit if 0)
                                       (default 0)
      --nnd-min-face-size              Minimum face size in pixels (default 30.0)
      --nnd-o-net-thresh                (default 0.9)
      --nnd-p-net-thresh                (default 0.5)
      --nnd-r-net-thresh                (default 0.5)
      --nnd-scale-factor                (default 0.79)
      --nnd-workers                    Number of detector workers threads. (0 - as
                                        much as there are cpus) (default 0)
    /usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/facenapi/core/extractors/extraction_api/__init__.py options:
      --extraction-api-connect-timeout extraction-api connect timeout (default
      --extraction-api-detector        detector to use in extraction-api (legacy or
                                       nnd) (default nnd)
      --extraction-api-max-clients     maximum connections to extraction-api
                                       (default 100)
      --extraction-api-request-timeout extraction-api request timeout (default
      --extraction-api-url             extraction-api url (default
    /usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/facenapi/core/facen_storage/searchapi.py options:
      --searchapi-url                  findface-searchapi url (default
    /usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/facenapi/core/facen_storage/searchapi_replicated.py options:
      --searchapi-config               path to searchapi client config (default
      --searchapi-max-clients          searchapi max connections (default 100)
      --searchapi-timeout              searchapi request timeout (default 10)
    /usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/facenapi/core/facen_storage/tntapi.py options:
      --tntapi-connect-timeout         tntapi server connect timeout (default 1.0)
      --tntapi-ignore-search-errors    do not break search on server error - use
                                       results from 'good' servers (default False)
      --tntapi-max-clients             searchapi max connections (default 100)
      --tntapi-request-timeout         tntapi server request timeout (default 5.0)
      --tntapi-servers-file            tntapi servers table file (default
    /usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/facenapi/core/main_utils.py options:
      --decoder                        Image decoder (threaded) (default threaded)
      --detector                       Face detector (nnd,dlib) (default nnd)
      --extractor                      Feature extractor (extraction-api,nnapi)
                                       (default extraction-api)
      --facen-storage                  Feature vector storage
                                       (default tntapi)
      --id-generator                   Face id generator (tntime,mongo) (default
    /usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/facenapi/server/context.py options:
      --fetch-proxy                    Fetch images from urls via proxy, ex:
      --ffupload-url                   url (without path) to PUT images uploaded to
                                       /face, ex:
      --friend-count                    (default 5)
      --friend-interval                 (default 604800)
      --gae                            enable Gender, Age and Emotions support
                                        (default False)
      --max-identify-limit             Hard limit for all identification requests
                                       to facen storage, 0 means unlimited (default
      --mongo-db                       mongo database name (default facenapi)
      --mongo-host                     mongo database host (default localhost)
      --mongo-port                     mongo database port (default 27017)
      --person-identify                identify persons (default False)
      --person-identify-global         identify persons across all cameras (default
      --person-identify-threshold      threshold for persons identify (default
      --upload-path                    path of $ffupload_url (default uploads)
    /usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/facenapi/server/regenerate_facens.py options:
      --config                         path to config file
      --coroutines                     Number of parallel coroutines (default 30)
      --debug                          Enable debug output (default False)
      --every-other                     (default 1)
      --every-other-offset              (default 0)
      --facen-size                     Facen size in number of floats. (facens of
                                       this sizes are not regenerated when smart
                                       regeneration is enabled) (default -1)
      --max-id                         Maximum id (inclusive)
      --min-id                         Minimum id (inclusive)
      --regenerate                     What to regenerate: facens, thumbs,
                                       normalized (comma-separated). (default
  2. To change detector settings, uncomment and edit the detector-related parameters in the findface-facenapi configuration file.

    sudo vi /etc/findface-facenapi.ini
    detector                       = 'nnd'
  3. To switch the face biometric model, edit the models -> facen parameter in the findface-extraction-api configuration file:

    sudo vi /etc/findface-extraction-api.ini
      facen: apricot_320
  4. Configure findface-regenerate by using command line arguments as described in the help message. For example, to switch the face detector, execute from /usr/bin:

    sudo findface-regenerate --regenerate=normalized,thumbs,facens --config=/etc/findface-facenapi.ini

    To switch the model, execute:

    sudo findface-regenerate --regenerate=facens --config=/etc/findface-facenapi.ini

Copy Facens from MongoDB to Tarantool

Apply mongo2searchapi as follows:

  1. Create a backup for Tarantool.

  2. Stop Tarantool.

    sudo systemctl stop tarantool@FindFace*
  3. Delete snapshot .snap, xlog .xlog and fast index .idx files for all tntapi shards.


    By default, these files are stored in the following folders:

    • Standalone instance:
      • /opt/ntech/var/lib/tarantool/default/snapshots
      • /opt/ntech/var/lib/tarantool/default/xlogs
      • /opt/ntech/var/lib/tarantool/default/index
    • Cluster instance:
      • /opt/ntech/var/lib/tarantool/shard_N/snapshots
      • /opt/ntech/var/lib/tarantool/shard_N/xlogs
      • /opt/ntech/var/lib/tarantool/shard_N/index
  4. If facens differ in size for the old and new models, update the facen size in the FindFace.start section of the Tarantool configuration file /etc/tarantool/instances.enabled/FindFace_shard_N.lua. Do so for each shard.

    sudo vi /etc/tarantool/instances.enabled/FindFace_shard_N.lua
    FindFace.start("", 8001, {license_ntls_server="", facen_size = 320})
  5. Run mongo2searchapi on the findface-facenapi host:

    sudo python3 -m facenapi.server.tools.mongo2searchapi --config=/etc/findface-facenapi.ini
  6. Start Tarantool

    sudo systemctl start tarantool@FindFace*